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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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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.

Afghanistan prime minister defends Taliban's rule amid economic 2021-11-27 14:04:44Afghanistan’s Taliban prime minister is defending the group’s rule amid a worsening economic crisis.

Can Biden find the right balance on immigration? 2021-11-27 13:26:06There's growing consternation among some Democrats that the Biden administration can’t find the right balance on immigration.

Workers’ paradise? Portugal's new teleworking law takes flak 2021-11-27 13:11:38Portugal’s new law on working from home has grabbed attention around the world for the way it protects staff.

Blaming COVID: Biden sees common culprit for country's 2021-11-27 12:54:46Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Biden’s poll numbers have been falling.

Omicron variant prompts U.K. to tighten rules as 2021-11-27 10:15:59New cases of the Omicron coronavirus strain were confirmed in the U.K., Germany and Italy and among travelers to Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

How an American in Paris won the rarest 2021-11-27 08:00:16Josephine Baker next week will become the first Black woman and first American to be honored with enshrinement in Paris' Pantheon.

Honduras at crossroads in election to end corrupt 2021-11-27 06:00:46Hondurans will vote Sunday to replace corrupt President Juan Orlando Hernandez in what is arguably the country's most important election in decades.

61 people on flights from South Africa to 2021-11-27 05:04:53Sixty-one people who arrived in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa tested positive for the coronavirus and were in isolation.

Ukraine leader alleges Russia-backed coup planned next week 2021-11-26 17:57:52Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is alleging that his country’s intelligence service has uncovered plans for a Russia-backed coup d’

France and Britain spiral into crisis in wake 2021-11-26 17:30:38The already fractious relationship between France and Britain is spiraling further downward in the turbulent aftermath of 27 migrant deaths this week.

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Inside China’s Brash, New Approach to State Media 2021-11-26 14:18:30Earlier this month, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency posted a glowing profile of Xi Jinping, the country’s top leader, who is laying t

US, Others Say They Are Concerned About Future 2021-11-26 12:37:10The United States issued a joint statement Friday along with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea and Britain expressing concern about

Solomons Capital Imposes Curfew After 3 Days of 2021-11-26 05:51:28A nighttime curfew entered into force in the Solomon Islands' restive capital of Honiara on Friday, after a third day of violence that saw the prime

China Carries Out 'Combat Readiness Patrol' as US 2021-11-26 02:37:27China's military carried out "combat readiness" patrols Friday in the direction of the Taiwan Strait on Friday as a U.S. Congressional delegation m

When Aliens Attack: Australia's Native Species Under Threat 2021-11-26 00:25:04A new report warns that Australia's native wildlife is in the “grip of an unprecedented alien attack.” Experts at the national science ag

Volunteers Map Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in Vast 2021-11-25 23:32:06An expedition to find lost shipwrecks on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef begins Friday. The voyage is part of the Great Reef Census, one of the w

Strong Earthquake Strikes India-Myanmar Border Region 2021-11-25 21:19:25A shallow and strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck the Myanmar-India border region early Friday, India's National Center for Seismology said.&nb

Australia Peacekeepers Arrive at Protest-Hit Solomon Islands 2021-11-25 03:34:17About 100 Australian police, military and diplomatic personnel arrived Thursday in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, securing critical infrastru

Solomon Islands Enters 36-Hour Lockdown After Protests Turn 2021-11-24 23:37:24The Solomon Islands imposed a 36-hour lockdown in the capital, Honiara, after protesters calling for the prime minister to resign looted stores and se

China Says It Will Shun Hegemony in Disputed 2021-11-24 21:29:45Beijing's pledge this week to avoid dominance in the South China Sea comes too late to convince smaller Southeast Asian claimants to the strateg

Australia Moves to List The Base, Hezbollah as 2021-11-24 20:53:09Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outla

In Myanmar, Reporting Becomes More Difficult ‘Month by 2021-11-24 09:03:23Nearly 10 months into Myanmar’s military coup, the country’s media is striving to keep reporting while navigating arrests and harassment f

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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

'I was murdered': Video brings domestic violence victims 2021-11-25 22:40:00JERUSALEM - "I was Michal Sela," the dead woman says, looking straight into the camera. "In 2019, I was murdered by the man who was my husband

US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, 2021-11-25 22:05:00BEIJING — There is no room for compromise over Taiwan and the United States should not have any illusions about this, China's Defence Ministry

Indonesia court orders government to revise controversial labour 2021-11-25 21:53:37JAKARTA - Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Thursday (Nov 25) ordered the government to amend parts of a new job creation law within two

Philippines says China is ‘the trespasser’ as it 2021-11-25 21:30:39The Philippines has rejected a demand from China that it remove a naval vessel grounded on a shoal in the South China Sea that has been the centre of

Could the colour pink swing the Philippine presidential 2021-11-25 21:26:00When Leni Robredo announced she was running for president, her campaign used that moment to introduce a new tone to Philippine politics: The colour pi

At New Delhi's first transgender salon, men born 2021-11-25 04:48:05A beige sofa, a white reception desk, and a wall painted in the colours of the rainbow greet customers of La Beauté & Style salon. Standing

Death of South Korean dictator leaves brutal legacy 2021-11-25 02:14:00SEOUL - The death this week of South Korea's last military dictator, Chun Doo-hwan, marks the end of a divisive chapter in the country's modern

A month after reopening, Thailand sees gradual tourism 2021-11-25 02:10:19BANGKOK  - Thailand was among the first countries in Asia to reopen for foreign arrivals, and it is seeing a slow recovery, including new ho

Taliban release media guidelines, ban shows with female 2021-11-23 23:30:10KABUL - The Taliban administration has released a set of restrictions on Afghan media, including banning television dramas that included female actors

Taliban to purge 'people of bad character' from 2021-11-23 22:53:52KABUL/PESHAWAR — The Taliban have formed a commission to purge "people of bad character" from their ranks to protect Afghanistan's reput

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