Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

SEOUL, May 22 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Hello… period,” he told reporters on the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday. Biden said he was … Read more

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea but offer COVID aid

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more US weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries’ decades-old alliance needed … Read more

U.S., others walk out of APEC talks over Russia’s Ukraine invasion

BANGKOK, May 21 (Reuters) – Representatives of the United States and several other nations walked out of an Asia-Pacific trade ministers meeting in Bangkok on Saturday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials walked out. The walkout was “an expression of disapproval at Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine and its economic impact in … Read more

Asian shares bounce as China moves to boost housing

FILE PHOTO – An investor stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register MSCI Asia ex-Japan +1.8%, Nikkei +1.3% European shares set to follow Asia’s lead Equities rally after China cuts loan … Read more

Shares slide as global growth fears mount

FILE PHOTO – An investor sits in front of a board showing stock information at a brokerage office in Beijing, China, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register BEIJING/HONG KONG, May 19 (Reuters) – Asian stocks slid on Thursday, tracking a steep Wall Street selloff, as investors worried … Read more

Stock market rebound fizzles, UK inflation hits 40-year high

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – A rebound in stocks ran out of steam on Wednesday concerns about the economic growth outlook and rising inflation knocked sentiment, while a UK inflation reading of 9% underlined just how much higher interest rates might be headed. Asian stocks managed to eek out their fourth straight session of gains … Read more

Shares recover even as inflation fears linger

Blank prices are displayed in the stock quotation boards at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) after the TSE temporarily suspended all trading due to system problems in Tokyo, Japan October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register LONDON/HONG KONG, May 17 (Reuters) – Asian shares led a global rally … Read more

Japan announces limited “test tourism” from May as step to full re-opening

Tourists wearing protective face masks following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at Asakusa district in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ju-min Park/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register TOKYO, May 17 (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it would start conducting “test tourism” in the form of … Read more

Asia stocks struggle after dire China data

Traders are seen in front of a screen with trading figures in red at Thailand Stock Exchange building in Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Juarawee Kittisilpa/Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Asian stock markets: China retail sales dive 11.1%, output drops 2.9% Nikkei pairs gains, S&P 500 futures turn lower Dollar … Read more

North Korea reports more deaths, says taking ‘swift measures’ against COVID outbreak

SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) – North Korea said on Sunday a total of 42 people had died as the country began its fourth day under a nationwide lockdown aimed at stopping the impoverished country’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak. North Korea’s admission on Thursday that it is battling an “explosive” COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns that … Read more