Giant video screen falls on boyband Mirror dancers at Hong Kong concert

HONG KONG, July 29 (Reuters) – A huge video panel fell on the stage during a concert by popular Hong Kong boyband Mirror on Thursday, crushing one performer and trapping others, prompting a government investigation and the suspension of future shows. At least two dancers were injured, with one in a serious condition and the … Read more

U.S. lawmakers look to carve off chips funding to speed bill passage -Raimondo

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies during a hearing on expanding broadband access on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. February 1, 2022. Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Register WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce … Read more

China says it ‘drove’ away U.S. destroyer that sailed near disputed isles

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations, conducts ongoing operations in the South China Sea, in this photo released July 13 2022. US Navy/Handout via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Register BEIJING, July 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. destroyer … Read more

Pacific island leaders welcome U.S. pledge to triple funding for region

SYDNEY, July 13 (Reuters) – Pacific island leaders have welcomed a U.S. pledge to triple aid to the region to fight illegal fishing, boost maritime security and tackle climate change, after decades of stagnant US funding. US Vice President Kamala Harris, in a video address to the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on Wednesday, said … Read more

U.S. lawmakers ask Biden administration why some China solar giants left off slave labor list

July 12 (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday asked U.S. Customs officials to explain why three major Chinese solar energy companies have been excluded from a list of importers whose products are banned under a new law aimed at to suppress forced labour. Expanding the scope of banned products could threaten U.S. solar panel supply … Read more

U.S., Japan agree to address currency, economic impact of Ukraine war

U.S. Treasury Secretary, Japanese finmin agree to ‘further strengthen’ ties – statement Committed to addressing rising food, energy and commodity prices Two sides say Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased currency volatility Agree to cooperate “as appropriate” on foreign exchange matters in accordance with G7 and G20 commitments Talks take place ahead of weekend G20 meeting … Read more

U.S. envoy sees ‘consequential shift’ in NATO, Asia ties amid China challenges

U.S. State Department Advisor Derek Chollet speaks during a briefing with the Romanian press in Bucharest, Romania, February 9, 2022. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS/Files Join now for FREE unlimited access to Register SEOUL, July 12 (Reuters) – The recent attendance of four Asia-Pacific leaders at the NATO summit reflects a “significant shift” in … Read more

Failure to implement Russian oil price cap could jack up oil prices -U.S. official

A model of 3D-printed oil barrels is seen in front of the falling stock market chart in this illustration taken December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Join now for FREE unlimited access to Register TOKYO, July 12 (Reuters) – The world oil price could soar 40% to around $140 a barrel if a proposed Russian … Read more

U.S.-China tensions, Kiribati’s shock withdrawal overshadow Pacific leaders meeting

SUVA, Fiji, July 11 (Reuters) – Tensions between China and the United States and the withdrawal of the remote Pacific island nation of Kiribati have overshadowed the Pacific Islands Forum as leaders arrived in Fiji on Monday to the first summit in person. in three years. During the four-day meeting, Pacific Island leaders will discuss … Read more

U.S. expects Biden and Xi will speak in weeks ahead, Blinken says

BANGKOK, July 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday the United States expected President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping to have an opportunity to speak in coming weeks. However, when asked at a press conference in Thailand if Biden and Xi could hold a first face-to-face meeting as … Read more