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Samsung plans to build a $17 billion chip 2021-11-24 08:00:41The semiconductor factory in Taylor marks the largest-ever investment made by Samsung in the U.S.

Investors are going wild over a Dutch chip 2021-11-24 04:36:40The 37-year-old company is the only firm in the world capable of making the highly-complex machines that are needed to manufacture the most advanced c

Japan leads losses in Asia-Pacific; New Zealand dollar 2021-11-24 02:33:48The Reserve Bank of New Zealand on Wednesday announced its decision to raise the official cash rate to 0.75%.

Singapore's economy grew at a faster pace in 2021-11-23 20:07:17The Ministry of Trade and Industry said the Singapore economy is expected to grow by around 7% in 2021 — the top of its previous forecast range

This Houston tech company wants to build renewable 2021-11-23 15:39:28Texas is a hot spot for bitcoin miners thanks to its unique energy grid.

Asia-Pacific stocks mixed as tech shares drop after 2021-11-23 02:43:31U.S. President Joe Biden announced Monday that he will renominate Jerome Powell for a second term as Federal Reserve chair.

A renewable energy company in Thailand has electric 2021-11-22 22:34:50Energy Absolute has branched into commercial EVs — in line with Thailand's policy to put 70,000 electric vehicles on the road annually.

Asia-Pacific stocks mixed; JD.com, Netease shares in Hong 2021-11-22 03:23:52Hong Kong-listed shares of JD.com and Netease rose following a Friday announcement that the two stocks are set to be included in the Hang Seng index.

Australia to allow more visa-holders to return as 2021-11-22 00:39:24Eligible visa holders include skilled workers, students, refugees as well as working holidaymakers.

Google's Australia investment could be a big boost 2021-11-21 18:40:44Google announced Monday that it plans to set up a new Google Research Australia lab in Sydney.

Watch live: CDC panel to vote on Pfizer, 2021-11-19 11:46:49CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday that the agency would act as quickly as possible on boosters.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng slips as Alibaba shares 2021-11-19 03:29:10Alibaba on Thursday missed revenue and earnings expectations for the September quarter, as slowing economic growth in China weighed on results.

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Sweden elects its first female prime minister — New! 2021-11-29 08:50:22Magdalena Andersson, who was Sweden’s first female prime minister for a few hours before resigning because a coalition partner quit, is elected

Today's Headlines: Omicron's unknowns and the first line New! 2021-11-29 08:00:26Much remains unknown about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, but U.S. health officials say vaccinations are key.

Omicron variant casts a shadow over Asia's cautious New! 2021-11-29 07:20:09A return to border and social restrictions could upend months of progress in countries such as Singapore, often a bellwether for the rest of Asia.

Iran nuclear talks to resume in Vienna amid New! 2021-11-29 04:43:44Negotiators are gathering in Vienna to resume efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with a new hard-line government in power in Tehran.

13 Omicron cases found in Portuguese soccer team; New! 2021-11-29 01:29:46Many countries have moved to tighten borders though scientists warn it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other coronavirus st

Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro holds commanding lead New! 2021-11-28 23:20:06Preliminary results early Monday showed Castro with 53% of the votes and Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura with 33%, with 51% of voting stations counted.

Community systems offer alternative paths for solar growth 2021-11-28 17:37:00As demand for renewable energy surges, “community solar” installations are popping up around the U.S. They're larger than home rooftop sy

In Iraq, family mourns daughter who drowned crossing 2021-11-28 17:34:29Maryam Nouri of northern Iraq perished along with at least 26 others in an ill-fated voyage while trying to reach the United Kingdom.

Fauci fires back at Cruz over COVID-19 claims 2021-11-28 16:14:19Dr. Anthony Fauci is blasting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for suggesting that Fauci be investigated for statements he made about COVID-19.

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion 2021-11-28 13:18:16Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there’s no middle ground in Wednesday’s showdown over abortion.

Omicron coronavirus variant seen as a clarion call 2021-11-27 17:35:17While jabs and boosters are offered in the U.S. and much of Europe, vaccination rates remain low in southern Africa, where the Omicron variant was fir

Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster 2021-11-27 14:14:41A Russian court orders five people to remain in detention pending an investigation into a Siberian coal mine blast that resulted in dozens of deaths.

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Asian Leaders at Economic Summit Vow to Help 2021-11-28 19:02:56The leaders of several Asian countries called for boosting their economic ties and pledged to provide assistance to Afghanistan during a summit in Tur

Cambodian Prince and Politician Norodom Ranariddh Dies at 2021-11-28 10:46:27Cambodia's Prince Norodom Ranariddh, former prime minister and the son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, died Sunday in France, Information Minister

Victims of Late S. Korean Dictator Vow Fight 2021-11-28 09:59:04Former South Korean military dictator Chun Doo-hwan died Tuesday at his home at the age of 90. Victims of his authoritarian regime and democracy activ

Australia Reimposes COVID-19 Border Restrictions Amid Omicron Variant 2021-11-28 09:11:09Australia has brought in travel bans and new quarantine orders because of concerns about the new omicron COVID-19 variant first reported in southern A

Myanmar Junta, Armed Resistance Dig in For Long 2021-11-28 04:17:53Fighting in Myanmar between the junta’s military and an ever-savvier armed resistance has hit a “deadly stalemate,” with both sides

Thai Reporter Injured by Rubber Bullet Demands Police 2021-11-28 03:21:10For more than a year, Thailand's political unrest has continued, with activists pushing for government and monarchy reforms. While protesters deman

China Ties Blamed for South Pacific Unrest 2021-11-27 15:22:24Papua New Guinea has joined Australia in sending police officers to neighboring Solomon Islands after violent disturbances this week. The unrest has t

Hong Kong Protest Film Wins at Chinese-Language 'Oscars' 2021-11-27 14:46:23A documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong won a high-profile award Saturday in Taiwan at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking w

Widow of S. Korean Dictator Issues Apology Over 2021-11-27 03:26:47The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s br

Death of South Korea’s Military Dictator Chun Leaves 2021-11-27 03:06:17When South Korea’s former military strongman, Chun Doo-hwan, died Tuesday at 90, a dark chapter of the country’s history seemed to close.

Calm Returns to Solomons Capital After Deadly Riots 2021-11-27 02:08:39Calm returned to the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara, Saturday after days of rioting left at least three dead and reduced sections of the city to s

COVID-19-era Border Closures Stunt Business, Befitting China’s Aim 2021-11-26 18:40:04China’s COVID-19-era border closures are stunting foreign-invested business growth in the world’s number 2 economy and testing Beijing&rsq

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How the pandemic brought Asian children to breaking New! 2021-11-28 22:09:00When a schoolgirl in Singapore climbed onto rail tracks in August, tragedy was only avoided after trains were halted and the police called in to escor

In Indonesia, LGBTQ ‘wayang’ shadow puppets have a New! 2021-11-28 22:07:54Bullied for not being "masculine enough", Bambang Priawan is feeling wretched. Priawan, a transgender man, rues his lot in life as part of a sexual

Japan rides calmer Covid-19 wave but new variant, New! 2021-11-28 22:07:07Japan’s low Covid-19 count in recent weeks – compared to the resurgence of cases in Europe and parts of Asia – has baffled its exper

Beheaded, groped, beaten: Violence against women in Asia New! 2021-11-28 21:59:40Groped in public, killed by an ex-partner, beaten by an employer. Women across Asia and beyond have faced increased domestic violence as well as sexua

Philippines tightens border controls to keep out Omicron New! 2021-11-28 21:03:00MANILA - The Philippines on Sunday (Nov 28) further tightened border controls to keep out the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, adding seve

Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries to New! 2021-11-28 20:52:12JAKARTA - Indonesia will ban the entry of travellers who have been in eight African countries and extend quarantine times for all arrivals to cur

Taiwan's air force scrambles to see off Chinese New! 2021-11-28 20:48:36TAIPEI - Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Sunday (Nov 28) to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence identification zone

Former Cambodian premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh dies at 2021-11-28 19:54:58PHNOM PENH - Cambodian former prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the current king's half-brother, who spent his later years in the politic

Cops tell titillating Thai street vendor to cover 2021-11-26 05:08:00You won't see snacks the same way again — or specifically, the person selling them — unless you have been snacking with your eyes. A str

Whether in closed Hong Kong or open Singapore, 2021-11-26 04:28:42Singaporean father of three YJ works as a warehouse supervisor and used to earn an additional $1,000 — a month setting up banners and disma

Death by firing squad: North Korean man caught 2021-11-26 00:05:00If you thought the deaths in Squid Game were terrifying, North Korea just increased that fear factor by killing a man in real life afte

Indonesia asserts authority near South China Sea amid 2021-11-25 22:45:00Indonesia is to boost development in the resource-rich Natuna Islands in a bid to underline its sovereignty following visits by Chinese vessels to nea