Japan-Russia visa-free program to be put off amid coronavirus scare

National Apr 3, 2020

Japan-Russia visa-free program to be put off amid coronavirus scare

The start of this year's visa-free exchange program between Japan and Russia is set to be postponed amid the coronavirus crisis, Japanese government sources said Thursday. The Russian side is concerned that the new coronavirus could be brought to Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands covered by ...

Trump’s push for huge deal to cut oil supply draws disbelief

Business | FOCUS Apr 3, 2020

Trump’s push for huge deal to cut oil supply draws disbelief

With just one tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump conjured up the prospect of a global oil alliance to rescue the industry from the worst shock in history. The question is whether it evaporates just as quickly. After the president’s social-media intervention on Thursday, oil traders ...

U.S. spies unclear on COVID-19 spread in China, North Korea and Russia

World Mar 31, 2020

U.S. spies unclear on COVID-19 spread in China, North Korea and Russia

As U.S. spy agencies seek to assemble a precise picture of the world's coronavirus outbreaks, they are finding serious gaps in their ability to assess the situation in China, Russia and North Korea, according to five U.S. government sources familiar with the intelligence reporting. The ...

Moscow under lockdown as global virus cases top 700,000

World Mar 30, 2020

Moscow under lockdown as global virus cases top 700,000

Russia's capital on Monday became the latest world city to impose a coronavirus lockdown as declared cases globally topped 700,000 and the planet braced for a drawn-out battle against the disease. Worried governments are imposing fresh confinement measures in the face of a spiraling COVID-19 ...

Fossil-fuel giant Russia tiptoes toward low-carbon future

Business Mar 27, 2020

Fossil-fuel giant Russia tiptoes toward low-carbon future

Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week. It pledges to cut planet-warming emissions by a third by 2030 from 1990 levels, when the heavily ...

Magnitude 7.8 quake off Russia prompts U.S. tsunami warning

National Mar 25, 2020

Magnitude 7.8 quake off Russia prompts U.S. tsunami warning

U.S. authorities put out tsunami warnings on Wednesday after an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands, but Japan's Meteorological Agency issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a tsunami ...

Pentagon successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

World Mar 21, 2020

Pentagon successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

The United States announced Friday it had successfully tested an unarmed prototype of a hypersonic missile, a nuclear-capable weapon that could accelerate the arms race among three superpowers. The Pentagon said a test glide vehicle flew at hypersonic speeds — more than five times the ...

World Mar 19, 2020

Moscow starts building road over radioactive dump despite protests

Moscow authorities on Wednesday began work on building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive materials, despite months of public protests and warnings from environmental campaigners. Greenpeace and other activists have long campaigned against the project to build an eight-lane highway over the top ...