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Saft Alliance Takes Aim at Asia's Dominance in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing

Saft Alliance Takes Aim at Asia's Dominance in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing

Saft, the 100-year-old French battery maker now owned by Total, last month unveiled an alliance aimed at taking on Asia’s dominance in the lithium-ion market. The alliance, which includes chemicals firm Solvay, battery assembly specialist Manz, industrial giant Siemens and “other leading European companies,” will embark on an ambitious program of research to develop the […]

NZ has big role in shaping Asia

NZ has big role in shaping Asia

SIMON DRAPER Last updated 05:00, March 19 2018 SUPPLIED Asian leaders know more about New Zealand than just hobbits. OPINION: Whenever a famous person visits New Zealand, journalists like to ask them what they think of New Zealand. We Kiwis lap up reports of movie stars developing a taste for our local chocolate, wine or fashion […]

Bitcoin start-ups in Asia take aim at remittances market

Bitcoin start-ups in Asia take aim at remittances market

HONG KONG/SEOUL (Reuters) – Bitcoin, battered by warnings about volatility and bubble-like appreciation, may have found a way to play a niche role in a big market: overseas money transfers. FILE PHOTO: Representations of the Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum and Litecoin virtual currencies are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. […]

North Korea isn't the biggest problem in Asia

North Korea isn't the biggest problem in Asia

WASHINGTON – Now that the shock of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in May has worn off, it’s time to consider the broader strategic implications of how the United States can best approach Kim’s lethal regime in particular, and Asia in general. Let’s start with the […]

Eye rolls and tame questions at China’s Congress

Eye rolls and tame questions at China’s Congress

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National People’s Congress meets every year in March China’s National People’s Congress is in full swing with dozens of choreographed press conferences on the sidelines. From screening questions to blocking posts, Communist Party officials use these events to manage the message but even in this highly-controlled environment things […]

Conscripted K-Pop star inundated by fan mail

Conscripted K-Pop star inundated by fan mail

Image copyright Getty Images Fans of K-Pop boyband member G-Dragon have been asked to stop sending fan mail to the army base where he’s doing military service. The camp where he is working has run out of paper because it’s had to print all the emails sent to the superstar, says his management company. “G-Dragon […]

Barack Obama’s $6 dinner table preserved for posterity in Vietnam

Barack Obama’s $6 dinner table preserved for posterity in Vietnam

Image copyright Instagram: Anthony Bourdain Image caption Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain sat down to a simple meal of noodles and cold beer in Hanoi in 2016 A table where former US President Barack Obama ate with chef Anthony Bourdain on an official trip to Vietnam two years ago has gone on display. The table, […]

Nepal plane crash survivors describe chaos

Nepal plane crash survivors describe chaos

Image copyright Bishnu Sapkota Image caption The crash is the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years Survivors and witnesses of a plane crash in Nepal have described the chaotic moments when the aircraft went down, killing at least 49 people. The flight, carrying 71 passengers and crew, crashed while landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan […]

Tooth of ancient megashark stolen in Australia

Tooth of ancient megashark stolen in Australia

Image copyright WA GOVERNMENT Image caption The location of the 8cm (3 inch) fossil was not widely known A tooth that belonged to an ancient giant shark has been stolen from a World Heritage Site in Australia, authorities have said. The 8cm (3in) tooth went missing from an undisclosed location in a remote national park […]

Pakistan accuses India of running Islamabad ‘spy ring’

Pakistan accuses India of running Islamabad ‘spy ring’

Image copyright AP Image caption Tensions have flared over a deadly militant attack and alleged Indian atrocities in Kashmir Pakistan says it has uncovered a network of spies working from India’s mission in Islamabad. The names and photos of eight officials accused of running an alleged espionage ring were leaked to the press. On Wednesday, […]