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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....

2005-11-16 00:24:10

By Masayuki Kitano KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi rejected criticism that his diplomacy leans too much toward Washington at the expense of Asia, saying close U.S.-Japan ties are good for the region and the world. "There is an argument that if U.S.-Japan relations are too good, Japan could lose its direction," Koizumi told a joint news conference on Wednesday with U.S. President George W. Bush after the two leaders held talks in the western Japanese...

2005-11-15 05:11:16

By Caren Bohan KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush will seek unity with Asian leaders on North Korea in a tour of the region from Tuesday in which he will also reaffirm the U.S. alliance with Japan and press China for trade concessions. Bush arrived in Osaka, western Japan, on Tuesday evening and was to head by helicopter to Japan's nearby ancient capital city of Kyoto, where he will hold talks on Wednesday with his close friend and ally, Prime Minister Junichiro...

2005-11-15 05:03:10

By Caren Bohan KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush will seek unity with Asian leaders on North Korea in a tour of the region from Tuesday in which he will also reaffirm the U.S. alliance with Japan and press China for trade concessions. Bush arrived in Osaka, western Japan, on Tuesday evening and was to head by helicopter to Japan's nearby ancient capital city of Kyoto, where he will hold talks on Wednesday with his close friend and ally, Prime Minister Junichiro...

2005-11-09 19:56:41

By Y.P. Rajesh DHAKA (Reuters) - Leaders of South Asia, home to nearly one-fifth of humanity, gather in Bangladesh this weekend for a twice-postponed summit to push long-standing goals to reduce poverty, boost trade and fight terrorism. But 20 years after the grouping was born, old rivalries and internal conflicts are still blocking any meaningful progress. India, which has about 70 percent of the region's people, wealth and land, has had differences at one time or another with...

2005-10-17 10:54:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld left on Monday for Beijing to try to boost exchanges with the Chinese military and discuss regional security worries over North Korea. Rumsfeld, who will also visit South Korea, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania, is making his first trip to China since taking office in 2001 amid growing U.S. concern about rising Chinese military spending. Pentagon officials said the United States and China share the goal of completing the...