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2005-12-24 22:20:18

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of Japanese who have good feelings toward China has fallen to a record low, according to a government survey, in an apparent reflection of the icy diplomatic ties between the Asian neighbors. In a Cabinet Office poll released this weekend, only 32.4 percent of respondents said they had friendly feelings toward China, down 5.2 points from last year's figure, also a record low. The survey also showed that 71.2 percent of respondents believed that ties with...

2005-12-23 10:30:25

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Father Christmas may live in Iceland -- at least if the efficiency of his helpers is a guide -- in what may help the island's drive to win hearts and tourism from Arctic rivals claiming Santa and his reindeer. Only Reykjavik got a reply when Reuters bureaux in all eight nations with Arctic territory wrote to Father Christmas or local gift bringers -- ranging from Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia to Julenissen in Norway -- asking: 'Where do...

2005-12-23 12:49:16

By Andras Gergely VELKE SLEMENCE, Slovakia (Reuters) - Anna Pasztor cried as she embraced a cousin who lives only a few hundred metres down the street, but whom she had not met for over 20 years because of the fortified border wall dividing the village. The ethnic Hungarian village, now split between Ukraine and Slovakia, had been divided since 1945 when a wall marking the new Soviet-Czechoslovak border sliced through its main street, breaking families apart and cutting off the...

2005-12-14 00:42:22

TOKYO (Reuters) - Relatives of four deceased South Koreans who were forced laborers at a steel mill in northern Japan during World War Two failed on Wednesday to overturn a Japanese court decision refusing compensation for unpaid wages. The result, in line with most Japanese rulings on war-related compensation claims, comes at a time when Japan's ties with South Korea and China have been chilled by disputes stemming from Japan's past aggression in Asia. In Wednesday's case, Tokyo...

2005-12-08 06:04:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday ruled out a three-way meeting with Japan and South Korea this year, because of tensions triggered by Japan's wartime past -- the first time the meeting hasn't been held in six years. The trilateral meeting was due to take place as part of a gathering of Asian leaders in Malaysia on December 14. The three countries will attend the inaugural meeting of the East Asian Summit, which grew out of annual meetings between the Association of South East...

2005-11-30 03:45:33

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japan-China-South Korea summit may be canceled for the first time in six years due to Chinese and Korean anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Japan's ties with China and South Korea have been chilled by Koizumi's annual pilgrimages to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, which they regard as a symbol of past Japanese militarism. Koizumi, who says he makes the visits to pray for peace...

2005-11-23 15:25:09

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Peru could meet again soon to finish work on a free-trade agreement, both countries said on Wednesday as they adjourned eight days of talks for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. "We're making good progress. We still have some tough challenges," said Neena Moorjani, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's Office. "We're going to continue to talk over the next couple of weeks and might get together (for a formal...

2005-11-23 08:38:57

By Igor Ilic ZAGREB (Reuters) - The Croatian and Serbian prime ministers pledged on Wednesday to resolve the legacy of their bloody 1991-95 conflict and offered mutual support in the common goal of joining the European Union. Until recently, many Croats saw Serbia as their country's worst enemy and Vojislav Kostunica's arrival on Wednesday made him the first Serbian prime minister to visit Zagreb since it gained independence from communist Yugoslavia in 1991. "Kostunica's visit...

2005-11-22 20:10:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Carteret Islands are almost invisible on a map of the South Pacific, but the horseshoe scattering of atolls is on the front-line of climate change, as rising sea levels and storm surges eat away at their existence. For 20 years, the 2,000 islanders have fought a losing battle against the ocean, building sea walls and trying to plant mangroves. Each year, the waves surge in, destroying vegetable gardens, washing away homes and poisoning freshwater...

2005-11-22 21:44:05

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Peru was pushing on Tuesday to finish a free trade agreement with the United States, while neighbors Colombia and Ecuador said they would need at least one more round of talks to wrap up negotiations that began 18 months ago. Colombia's chief negotiator, Hernando Jose Gomez, told reporters that Bogota had made substantial progress in the 13th round of talks on the proposed U.S.-Andean free trade agreement, but not enough to close the deal....


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.