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February 22, 2017 5:47 AM N. Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia killing

North Korea had few friends even before the assassination of the leader's half-brother at a Kuala Lumpur airport last week, but the fallout from the killing looks set to further isolate the nuclear-armed state. Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur have enjoyed relatively warm economic ties, with some bilateral trade and citizens from both countries entitled to travel 36

February 21, 2017 7:36 PM Matthaus encourages Gotze to stay at Dortmund

Lothar Matthaus does not believe a move away from Borussia Dortmund would work for Mario Gotze as he would likely face a "poor test" in the Chinese Super League. Gotze has struggled for form and fitness since returning to Dortmund from Bayern Munich in July, starting just nine Bundesliga games this season. But while Matthaus acknowledges that the 24-year-old 26

February 21, 2017 11:31 AM Writedowns and tough outlook take their toll on HSBC

HONG KONG/LONDON Annual profit at HSBC Holdings (HSBA.L) slumped 62 percent and fell far short of analysts' estimates as Europe's largest bank took hefty writedowns from restructuring and pointed to brakes on revenue growth. HSBC shares slid more than 6 percent after the company reported revenues fell by a fifth from 2015, underscoring the challenge 40

February 21, 2017 10:19 AM DC panda fans bam-boo-hoo as US-born cub leaves for China

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Zoo in Washington is saying a final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo is packing up the American-born panda for a one-way flight Tuesday to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program. Bao Bao is scheduled to leave the zoo Tuesday morning and fly from Washington Dulles International 25

February 21, 2017 9:34 AM China jails former head of safety watchdog for 15 years for graft

BEIJING, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Friday sentenced the former head of the country's safety watchdog, Yang Dongliang, to 15 years in prison for graft, the state broadcaster said. Yang, who spent much of his career in the northern port city of Tianjin, was placed under investigation in August 2015 on suspicion of violating party discipline 23

February 21, 2017 8:58 AM China claims 2 gold in short track speed skating in Sapporo

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) - China claimed two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday. Wu Dajing, who won silver in the men's 1,500 meters on Monday, won gold in the men's 500 meters with a time of 40.764 seconds, edging South Korea's Seo Yi-ra by .078 seconds. Park Se-yeong was third with a time of 41.182. Zang Yize of China 20

February 21, 2017 8:16 AM HSBC's 2016 profit slumps 62 percent on writedowns as outlook dims

HONG KONG/LONDON HSBC Holdings (HSBA.L) reported a 62 percent slump in annual pre-tax profit that fell way short of analysts' estimates as the British bank took hefty writedowns from restructuring and pointed to brakes on revenue growth. HSBC shares slid more than 6 percent after the company reported revenues fell by a fifth from 2015, underscoring the challenge 40

February 21, 2017 8:04 AM A Military Strategist for Trump's National Security Council

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - President Trump likes government by billionaires and generals, and on Monday he chose another one as his National Security Adviser in Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. This could be an inspired choice if Mr. Trump heeds his counsel and White House politicos don’t interfere. The three-star general certainly won’t be intimidated 34

February 21, 2017 7:58 AM Chinese minister appeals to Washington to avoid 'trade war'

BEIJING (AP) - China's commerce minister has appealed to Washington to negotiate disputes with Beijing and avoid a "trade war" that he warned would hurt both sides. Gao Hucheng, responding to a question about President Donald Trump's promise to raise taxes on Chinese imports, said at a news conference Tuesday the two governments should work together 19

February 21, 2017 6:44 AM Philippines says ASEAN hopes for clear picture on Trump policies

BORACAY, Philippines, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries hope that U.S. President Donald Trump will unveil his policies within the next few months to provide a "more concrete and clearer picture", especially regarding China, the Philippine foreign minister said on Tuesday. "We all recognise the fact that American policy under the Trump administration 26