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Obama visits Hiroshima to ponder 'terrible force unleashed'
News ImageBy Minami Funakoshi HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday, laying a wreath at the site of the world's first atomic bombing in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and invigorate efforts to end nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's tour of Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, underscores a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," Obama said after laying a wreathe at a peace memorial.
Fri, 27 May 2016 05:01:25 -0400
G7 vows growth efforts as Japan's Abe warns of global crisis
News ImageBy Tetsushi Kajimoto ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged on Friday to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. G7 leaders wrapped up a summit in central Japan vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost demand and ease supply constraints. "Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist," they said in a declaration.
Fri, 27 May 2016 04:31:46 -0400
China faces headaches from warming Vietnam-U.S. ties
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang after an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi, VietnamBy Greg Torode and Megha Rajagopalan HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - At a stroke, the U.S. and Vietnam have complicated the strategic outlook for China over the disputed South China Sea. As U.S. President Barack Obama marked one of his last trips to Asia by the historic lifting of Washington's arms embargo on Vietnam, he repeatedly insisted it was not directed at Beijing. Operationally, China faces the short-term prospect of Vietnam obtaining U.S.-sourced radars and sensors, surveillance planes and drones to better monitor and target Chinese forces, the analysts say.
Fri, 27 May 2016 01:57:48 -0400
Al Qaeda still reaping oil profits in Yemen despite battlefield reverses
News ImageBy Noah Browning, Jonathan Saul and Mohammed Ghobari DUBAI/LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Qaeda may have been pushed out of the enclave it carved out in Yemen as the country descended into civil war, but the militants are still entrenched in other parts of the country's south, reaping profits from smuggled fuel. Scores of militants were killed in a Gulf Arab-backed offensive on Al Qaeda's de facto capital of Mukalla, Yemen's third largest seaport, but hundreds fled to neighboring Shabwa province and beyond. A month later, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is thriving by joining diverse armed groups in taxing fuel delivered illicitly to remote beaches along the Arabian Sea coast, security, tribal and shipping sources say.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:15:48 -0400
French vessel containing black box probes arrives to EgyptAir search zone
News ImageA French vessel carrying specialist probes designed to detect black box pinger signals has arrived to the search area where an EgyptAir jet is believed to have crashed last week, sources on the investigation committee said on Friday. ALSEAMAR, a subsidiary of French industrial group Alcen, is providing equipment that includes three of its DETECTOR-6000 systems, designed to pick up black-box pinger signals over long distances up to 5 km (3 miles), according to the company's website. The French company will conduct a deepwater search in "four or five" areas within the 5 kilometer search zone believed to contain the two black boxes, with the possibility of expanding the search zone should no signal be detected, the source said.
Fri, 27 May 2016 05:02:56 -0400
French fuel blockade lifted, Hollande says won't let protesters choke economy
News ImageFrench riot police removed picketers and barricades blocking access to a large fuel distribution depot as President Francois Hollande warned anti-reform protesters on Friday that he would not let them strangle the economy. The police operation to free up a fuel depot near the Donges oil refinery in western France followed similar swoops at other depots this week to ease petrol shortages caused by picketers fighting planned labor law reforms. Speaking in Japan after a summit with other world leaders, Hollande said France's economy was starting to pick up and should not be derailed by opponents of a reform designed to make hiring and firing easier.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:12:33 -0400
Turkey party seeks constitutional change to boost Erdogan
News ImageTurkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seeking a quick revision to the constitution that would allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to renew his party political activity, sources said on Friday. Erdogan, one of the founders of the Islamic-rooted AKP, had to cut his ties with the party and step down as its leader when he became president in August 2014 to obey constitutional rules that the president should be politically neutral. The move for the so-called "mini-revision" -- already flagged in the Turkish press -- comes as Erdogan also seeks to rally support for a whole new constitution which would enshrine the president's status as the Turkish number one.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:19:41 -0400
How Alibaba won _ and lost _ a friend in Washington
News ImageSHANGHAI (AP) In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:13:30 -0400
French recovery on track as consumers unfazed by strikes
By Leigh Thomas PARIS (Reuters) - Wracked by fears about rising unemployment for years, French households are at long last turning more optimistic, keeping an economic recovery on track despite waves of strikes and protests over a contested labor reform. The official consumer confidence index published on Friday surged well past even the highest estimate to reach the highest level since October 2007, before the global financial crisis broke. Less than a year from a presidential election, the timing could not be better for President Francois Hollande with his Socialist government locked in a showdown with the hardline CGT union over its plans to ease labor regulations. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:12:33 -0400
Hollande defiant in face of French industrial unrest
News ImageA defiant French President Francois Hollande vowed to "stand firm" over a controversial labour law, hitting back Friday at unions which urged workers to step up a wave of industrial action. The latest war of words between the government and unions came as France reels from fuel shortages, transport disruption and violent demonstrations, two weeks to the day that it begins hosting the Euro 2016 football championships. "I will stand firm because I think it is a good reform," Hollande told reporters at a G7 summit in Japan.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:12:03 -0400
Top Asian News 10:11 a.m. GMT
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world's first atomic bomb attack and sought to bring global attention to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. "Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said, after laying a wreath, closing his eyes and briefly bowing his head before an arched monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park that honors those killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when U.S. forces dropped the bomb that ushered in the nuclear age. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:11:35 -0400
G-7 leaders express concern over South China Sea, urge peace
SHIMA, Japan (AP) The leaders of the Group of Seven countries expressed concern Friday over China's increasingly assertive activity in the East and South China seas, renewing their warnings against one-sided attempts to change the situation, and stressed the importance of peaceful resolutions. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:09:25 -0400
Obama makes history with Hiroshima visit
News ImageBarack Obama paid moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb Friday and called for a world free of nuclear weapons, during a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima. "71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said of a bomb that "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself". "Why did we come to this place, to Hiroshima?
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:08:20 -0400
Turkey slams US 'hypocrisy' for backing Kurdish militia in Syria
News ImageAntalya (Turkey) (AFP) - Turkey on Friday accused the United States of hypocrisy after US commandos in Syria were photographed supporting a major ground offensive led by a Kurdish militia.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:04:33 -0400
Lobsang Sangay sworn in as PM of Tibetan government-in-exile
News ImageDHARMSALA, India (AP) Lobsang Sangay was sworn in for his second term as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Friday and said he will make maximum efforts to achieve regional autonomy for Tibet during his five-year term, but will prepare a strategy for the next 50 years if it's unsuccessful.
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:03:25 -0400
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