Dec 5, 2016

Japanese banks eye ¥95 billion in loans to Russia's Gazprom

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Mizuho Bank and other banks are making final arrangements to jointly extend some ¥95 billion ($831 million) in loans to Russia’s state-run gas firm Gazprom, sources close to the matter said Monday. A contract is expected to be concluded during ...

Russia unlikely to be flexible on treaty deal, Noda says

Dec 5, 2016

Russia unlikely to be flexible on treaty deal, Noda says

Former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has expressed concern over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s negotiations with Russia for a postwar peace treaty, saying Moscow is unlikely to be very flexible. Speaking to reporters in Ishikawa Prefecture on Sunday, Noda, who is secretary-general of the Democratic ...

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo collapses

Dec 5, 2016

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo collapses

The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave’s streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues. Medical officials secured yet another plot for the dead. But they ...

Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

| Nov 28, 2016

Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

President Bashar Assad is determined to retake Syria’s second city Aleppo to deal a decisive blow to the rebels ahead of a possible change in U.S. foreign policy, analysts say. Assad’s regime has in recent months been pressing a series of offensives to seize ...