Thailand sees strong growth next year as GDP beats forecasts

Thailand’s economy grew faster than economists estimated last quarter and is on track for a strong year in 2018, underpinned by a pickup in...

Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear-war authority

WASHINGTON—It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly the United States military has prepared for doomsday—the day America gets into a nuclear shooting war. No detail seems...

Japan’s best export performance since 2008 crisis rolls on

Japan’s exports grew by double digits for a fourth straight month in October, continuing the best year-to-date performance since the global financial crisis. The value...

‘Crocodile’ could replace Zimbabwe president

JOHANNESBURG—Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected last Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country’s leader, has...

Zimbabweans: Mugabe must quit now

HARARE, Zimbabwe—Giddy with joy and finally free to speak out, vast throngs of demonstrators turned Zimbabwe’s capital into a carnival ground last Saturday in...

US general: Illegal nuclear launch order can be refused

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—The top officer at United States Strategic Command said last Saturday an order from President Donald J. Trump or any of his...

Subways are the latest casualty of China’s crackdown on debt

China’s frenzied construction of subway systems in cities all over the country may be easing, amid reports funding has been pulled for some projects as...

Climate talks end with progress–despite US

BONN, Germany—As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global...

India 1st upgrade in more than 10 years bets on Modi’s reforms

Moody’s Investors Service raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time since 2004, overlooking a haze of short-term economic uncertainties to bet on the...

North Korean missiles still lack reentry capability, Seoul says

North Korea hasn’t secured the key technologies needed to build ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, according to South Korea’s...

Thailand could be joining Asean’s economic boom

An economic boom that’s reverberated across Southeast Asia has finally crossed over to Thailand. The economy, which has lagged its neighbors this decade, is projected...

Block pornography or be blocked, Indonesia warns Google, Twitter

Indonesia has threatened to bar the world’s biggest social-media providers from operating in the country unless they comply with stringent demands to filter pornography...

Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties

China dispatched its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations after President Donald J....

Scientists are skeptical political leaders can meet climate goal

Climate negotiators inserted a dramatic charge in the 2015 Paris accord, asking world leaders to strive to keep global temperatures at just 1.5 degrees...

Da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record $450 million

NEW YORK—A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (€380 million) at auction on Wednesday,...

Abe’s expanding economy hides wealth disparity in Japan

Not everybody is celebrating Japan’s seven straight quarters of economic expansion. The headline-grabbing gains in exports, corporate profits and financial markets that have marked...

Trump in Asia: A break from the past but uncertain...

PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump declared his first Asian tour “tremendously successful” as he hopped on a plane bound for Washington. But when he landed at...

U.S. scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

OAKLAND, California—Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA...

China sending envoy to North Korea

BEIJING—Following President Donald J. Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said on Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid...

UK Tories attack May’s ‘mad’ Brexit date law, threaten revolt

UNITED Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May is heading for a showdown with her own Tory party over what one member of Parliament called her...