Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE | Asian shares fall on fears over US-China tariffs standoff

SINGAPORE  — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday on reports that President Donald Trump will soon place tariffs on $200 billion more of Chinese goods, even as officials worked to iron out tensions between the world’s two largest economies. KEEPING SCORE: South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.8 percent to 2,300.83 on Monday. Hong Kong‘s Hang Seng … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian shares fall on fears over US-China tariffs standoff

SINGAPORE | Asian stocks rise on possible US-China talks amid tensions

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mostly higher on Thursday after a report that the U.S. had proposed a new round of trade negotiations with China quelled fears that a dispute between the world’s two largest economies was spiraling out of control. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.8 percent to 22,787.33, and the Kospi … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian stocks rise on possible US-China talks amid tensions

BEIJING | Asian stocks sink after Wall Street losses

BEIJING — Asian stocks sank Wednesday after Wall Street declined on losses for tech and health care companies. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.5 percent to 2,737.63 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.3 percent to 22,631.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1 percent to 27,683.34 and Seoul’s Kospi retreated 1 percent to 2,313.26. … Continue reading BEIJING | Asian stocks sink after Wall Street losses

WASHINGTON | Treasury sanctions target Islamic State recruiters

WASHINGTON  — The United States on Friday sanctioned three members of the Islamic State who were featured in a beheading video distributed by the group and accused of luring recruits in Southeast Asia. The Treasury Department sanctions target Mohamad Rafi Udin, Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz and Mohammad Reza Lahaman Kiram. The action freezes any interest … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Treasury sanctions target Islamic State recruiters

BANGKOK | World shares track Wall St weakness, eyes on Fed comment

BANGKOK— World shares were mixed Friday after a listless session on Wall Street, where a slide in banks and industrial companies offset solid gains for the technology sector. A lack of progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China was weighing on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX edged less than 0.1 percent higher to … Continue reading BANGKOK | World shares track Wall St weakness, eyes on Fed comment

BANGKOK | Asian shares track Wall St weakness as eyes on Fed comment

BANGKOK  — Asian shares were mixed Friday following a listless session on Wall Street, where a slide in banks and industrial companies offset solid gains for the technology sector. A lack of progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China was weighing on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index jumped 0.6 percent … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asian shares track Wall St weakness as eyes on Fed comment

WASHINGTON | US sanctions Myanmar forces for alleged human rights abuses

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions on members of the Myanmar security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against ethnic minorities across the troubled nation in Southeast Asia. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses, said Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US sanctions Myanmar forces for alleged human rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS | UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria

UNITED NATIONS— The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaida, which is much stronger in places, a United Nations report says. The report by U.N. experts circulated Monday said that despite the defeat of … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria