China approves delayed GMO imports as US ties warm

A logo sits on a sign outside Syngenta AG's headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Photo credit: Bloomberg China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the … [Read more...]

Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow December 18, 2014. Photo credit: Reuters President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis. Under pressure to show he has a plan to fix the economy, … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s five-year bond yield at August high on supply pressure

The State Bank of Vietnam stands in Hanoi. The government said it had sold VND228.8 trillion this year. Photo credit: Bloomberg Vietnamese sovereign bonds fell, pushing the five-year yield to a four-month high, on signs the government will have to offer higher rates to meet its 2014 sale target. The yield on the notes due 2019 jumped 31 basis points to 6.5 percent, the … [Read more...]

Kids shot point blank one by one in Pakistan school massacre

Pakistani soldiers walks amidst the debris in a school a day after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec. 17. Syed Basit Naqvi was sitting at his desk when the principal at his army-run school in Pakistan rushed into the classroom and shouted for the guard to lock the door. As he did, three militants stormed in and started shooting. The guard dropped dead first, … [Read more...]

HCMC urges firm to give up land for metro line

Work in Ho Chi Minh City's subway tunnel, which will cross the Saigon River. Photo: Dinh Phu The Ho Chi Minh City government has urged the authorities in neighboring Binh Duong Province to force a company to make way for a billion-dollar subway line. The city has asked its neighbor to press the Vinh Phat Company in Di An Town to relocate so that work on the second package of … [Read more...]

Vietnam goes after idle cops along Chinese border

The Quang Ninh provincial administration has punished a number of officials for allowing smuggling to persist along the Chinese border. The punishments were issued at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Nguyen Van Doc, chairman of the Quang Ninh People’s Committee told Deputy PM Phuc on Tuesday that the provincial government has reminded local police, … [Read more...]

Crocodile boom gets out of hand in Vietnam province

The escaped crocodile that Luong Van Sal of Dong Nai Province caught Monday. Photo: Le Lam A farmer in the southern province of Dong Nai on Monday caught a large crocodile in a swamp near his house, believing the saurian had escaped from one of many farms that recently cropped up around a local reservoir. Luong Van Sal of Vinh Cuu District said the two meter long crocodile … [Read more...]

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

Aime Ruffner receives support from family and friends after testifying at the hearing to reopen the case for her brother George Stinney Jr. in Sumter, South Carolinain this file photo taken January 21, 2014. A South Carolina judge on December 17, 2014, vacated the conviction of Stinney Jr., a black teenager executed in 1944 for the murder of two white girls, saying he had not … [Read more...]

Five Malaysians in court over AFF Suzuki Cup violence

This photo taken on Dec 7, 2014 shows Malaysian police arresting a football fan (C) during the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 first leg semi-final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Shah Alam Stadium in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Photo credit: Five Malaysian football fans accused of attacking Vietnamese supporters during a heated Suzuki Cup semi-final earlier this … [Read more...]

Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

A jury on Wednesday found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Prosecutors painted Markus Kaarma as an armed aggressor who lured a non-violent would-be burglar to his death. Authorities say Diren … [Read more...]

Google looks to head off U.S. antitrust lawsuit over Android

A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012. Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities. The hearing … [Read more...]

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the company's global safety, head wrote … [Read more...]

U.S. determines N.Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie

A U.S. government source said investigators had determined North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader. Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines, and now … [Read more...]

Workers hit bombs, bullets while building school in southern Vietnam

Workers in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu have stopped building a primary school after stumbling upon a buried cache of war-era munitions. Nguyen Van Vinh, head of the Project Management Department of Gia Rai District, said Wednesday that they have asked the province’s military to clear the area before resuming work. A source from the Bac Lieu Military Command … [Read more...]

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the … [Read more...]

Vietnam censures former chief inspector; seizes house, land

The plot of military land that Ben Tre Province illegally granted to former Chief Inspector Tran Van Truyen in 1992. Photo: Khoa Chien The Communist Party has announced it will censure its retired anti-corruption czar after he agreed to return a portion of his illegal real estate holdings. Tran Van Truyen, who headed the Government Inspectorate between 2007 and 2011, recently … [Read more...]

U.S. said set to blame North Korea for Sony cyber attack

Security is seen outside The Theatre at Ace Hotel before the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 11, 2014. Sony Corp.’s Culver City, California-based studio today canceled the planned Dec. 25 release, after several majo U.S. officials plan to announce this week that North Korea is behind the cyber-attack that crippled Sony Pictures … [Read more...]

Australia mulls Japan submarines under China’s apprehensive gaze

Australia is considering buying top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines, a move that would risk reigniting diplomatic tensions with China only recently smoothed over. China and Japan are competing to build their domestic arms industries, and for China the export of Japanese military technology is particularly sensitive given their wartime … [Read more...]

U.S.-China economic role reversal roils emerging markets

Workers connect drill bits and drill collars, used to extract natural petroleum, in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas, on Dec. 12, 2014. The world economy’s two biggest tectonic plates are shifting, setting off the frictions increasingly evident in financial markets and global capitals. The U.S. is accelerating and China is cooling, marking a reversal of … [Read more...]