Asia

Japan Prosecutors Raid Firms Over Maglev Bids

Tokyo prosecutors have raided the headquarters of two of Japan’s largest construction firms as part of an investigation into allegations of anti-trust violations in connection with securing contracts for Japan’s multi-billion-dollar, magnetically-levitated, or maglev, train line projects. Investigators pounced Monday on the offices of Kajima and Shimizu. A spokesman for …

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Apple’s 2017 iPhone Models Give Taiwan’s Weary Tech Sector a Reprieve

TAIPEI —  A boom in production of Apple iPhones is helping lift the economy of Taiwan, an industrial center that still relies on high-tech manufacturing contracts despite increasing competition from offshore. Apple’s phone sales in the third quarter this year grew 5.7 percent over the same period of 2016, ahead …

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UN Urges Afghan Warring Sides to Facilitate Crucial Anti-Polio Drive

ISLAMABAD —  The United Nations is calling on all parties in the Afghan conflict to facilitate health workers in conducting Monday’s urgent polio vaccination campaign in a volatile southern district with the highest number of polio virus cases of any district in the world. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer warned …

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Australian Charged With Brokering North Korean Missile Sales

SYDNEY —  A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles. The Australian Federal Police said 59-year-old naturalized Australian …

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US Hails Afghan Forces’ Battlefield Gains, Urges Taliban to Seek Talks With Kabul

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Defense Department hailed success on the battlefield by Afghan forces and urged Taliban insurgents to embrace “peace and political legitimacy” through a negotiated settlement with the government in Kabul. The comments came this week in the Pentagon’s semiannual report to Congress, the first since August 21 …

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In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

That apathy extends beyond the Italian entertainment industry. In Florence, defense lawyers for paramilitary police officers accused of raping two young American women sought to ask the accusers if they had been wearing underwear that night. In Sicily, a court cleared a man of sexual harassment charges, determining that sophomoric …

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Fourth Generation of India’s Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty Takes Charge of Congress Party

NEW DELHI —  A fourth generation of India’s powerful Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty came to the helm of the Congress Party Saturday as Rahul Gandhi vowed to rebuild a “Grand and Young Old party.” But the 47-year-old leader faces a daunting challenge in emerging as a credible challenger to Prime Minister …

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