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JAPAN Emperor Akihito (pictured) announced his abdication at a palace ceremony in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope

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SOUTH CHINA SEA Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan’s defense ministry said yesterday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to

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CHINA-US High on the list of President Donald Trump’s priorities as he tries to close a trade deal with counterpart Xi Jinping is making sure China faces

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TAIWAN Chinese attempts at military coercion only strengthen Taiwan’s resolve to defend itself, the president of the self-governing island republic said. Tsai Ing-wen’s comments followed what Taiwan’s defense

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TAIWAN The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, says the U.S. wants the rest of the world to be more like Taiwan. Ryan made

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PHILIPPINES Officials say U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant leader who helped lead the 2017 siege of southern Marawi city and was regarded

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CHINA Police seized a haul of methamphetamine and heroin concealed in a truckload of bananas believed to have come from Myanmar. The drug shipment weighing 144.5 kilograms was

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MAR-A-LAGO A Chinese woman recently arrested at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club lied repeatedly to Secret Service agents while carrying computer malware unlike anything a government analyst had ever seen

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CHINA A UniCredit SpA employee allegedly siphoned off about 100 million yuan of clients’ money over three years by taking advantage of shared passwords and other internal security

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ECONOMY  Europe’s sclerotic growth and political dysfunction inspire frequent comparisons with Japan’s lost decade from the mid-1990s. We’re not there yet. CHINA Officials at the Sanya Championship

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BRUNEI New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei yesterday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries,

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BELT & ROAD Panama sees a “big opportunity” in China’s massive “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative, President Juan Carlos Varela (pictured) said yesterday during a visit to Hong

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CHINA A fire high in the mountains of Sichuan province has killed 30 firefighters and others, the government said yesterday. The deaths occurred after a change of wind

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CHINA A gauge of Chinese manufacturing improved in March in a possible sign government efforts to reverse an economic slowdown amid a tariff war with Washington might be

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HONG KONG’s traditional banks are set to face one of their biggest challenges yet: a new breed of financial technology firms estimated to snare as much as

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CHINA pledged to improve its system for registering new drugs in the country this year and more closely monitor those medicines after they’ve entered the market, part of

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MONEY LAUNDERING As one avenue for money launderers is shut, another one may be opening. In Denmark, home to Danske Bank A/S, the authorities are now taking a closer

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CHINA For the better part of a decade, wealthy Chinese tourists have been on a feeding frenzy for luxury brands, casinos and cruise lines. Now there are doubts

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CHINA The Shanghai Composite index jumped 5.5 percent after President Donald Trump announced he was extending a deadline for escalating tariffs on Chinese imports. CHINA

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CHINA  Hospitals are using facial recognition to identify people who sell doctors’ appointments at an illegal markup, the latest application of an emerging technology that is

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