US Politics

  • Nuclear industry sees a 'renaissance'

    September 06 2007 1:04 PM

    Twenty-one years after Chernobyl, the industry says nuclear power is clean, safe energy alternative.

  • APEC moves to secure food safety, not aimed at China

    September 06 2007 1:02 PM

    Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Thursday that Beijing took product safety very seriously, as Asia Pacific ministers agreed to set up a food safety taskforce to ensure the health and safety of the region's population.

  • China PR machine overwhelmed by safety crisis

    September 06 2007 1:01 PM

    China has been overwhelmed by the storm of criticism and level of interest in recent product safety problems, but it will be a good learning experience, a public relations executive said on Thursday.

  • APEC rift opens over climate change debate

    September 06 2007 12:58 PM

    Leaders at an Asia-Pacific summit appeared deadlocked on Thursday over what their Sydney Declaration on climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions should say.

  • BoE holds rates, keeping eye on markets

    September 06 2007 9:45 AM

    The Bank of England kept official interest rates steady for a second month running on Thursday, and said it was keeping a close eye on financial markets to see how turmoil there would hit companies and consumers.

  • China's Wen says taking food safety very seriously

    September 06 2007 8:55 AM

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Thursday his country took food safety very seriously, echoing comments by President Hu Jintao in Sydney.

  • Pending home sales fell 12.2 percent in July

    September 05 2007 10:53 AM

    Pending sales of previously owned U.S. homes fell by a surprising 12.2 percent in July as credit tightened up amid troubles in the housing and subprime mortgage sectors, a real estate trade group said on Wednesday.

  • China targets drug firms in pollution crackdown

    September 05 2007 9:58 AM

    More than half China's drug factories will have to improve their waste disposal or face shutdown under the first pollution standards for the industry to be unveiled this year, state media said on Wednesday.

  • Bush, Howard back nuke power ahead APEC summit

    September 05 2007 9:52 AM

    U.S. President George W. Bush says nuclear power is a key to tackling climate change, along with new energy technologies, but green groups want Asia-Pacific leaders meeting in Sydney to commit to greenhouse gas reduction targets.

  • Asia-Pacific businesses call for carbon pricing

    September 05 2007 9:51 AM

    Business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region said on Wednesday they will ask governments to put a price on carbon emissions as soon as possible to combat climate change.

  • APEC seeks to beef up food, product safety

    September 05 2007 9:43 AM

    Asia-Pacific nations are trying to map out a more robust approach to strengthening the region's food and product safety standards as ministers from the 21-member bloc opened their annual meeting on Wednesday.

  • Hyping safety problem is a sickness, China says

    September 05 2007 9:42 AM

    Hyping China's food and product safety problem is a sickness in itself, the country's new health minister said on Wednesday, a day after Mattel announced a third global recall of Chinese-made toys.

  • China relaxes new cash curbs on processing trade

    September 05 2007 9:40 AM

    China on Wednesday relaxed a recently introduced regulation that many exporters say would have added greatly to their cost of doing business.

  • Bush says floating yuan would help balance trade

    September 05 2007 9:38 AM

    U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday China could help reduce trade imbalances by floating its currency, and a White House aide said Bush may discuss the thorny issue in a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

  • Factory sector growth slows in August

    September 04 2007 12:02 PM

    Manufacturing expansion slowed in August as a decline in new orders led factory managers to opt for caution, while construction spending unexpectedly fell in July, according to data released on Tuesday.

  • Bush arrives for APEC after surprise Iraq trip

    September 04 2007 10:04 AM

    After a lightning visit to Iraq where he hinted at possible U.S. troop cuts, President George W. Bush arrived in Australia on Tuesday for an Asia-Pacific leaders' meeting amid heavy security and anti-war protests.

  • Millions face chaos as strike cripples London Tube

    September 04 2007 10:00 AM

    Millions of commuters in London endured travel chaos on Tuesday as a 72-hour strike by maintenance workers closed most of the underground rail network.

  • Huge Hurricane Felix hits Central America

    September 04 2007 9:55 AM

    Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua and Honduras on Tuesday as a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm, lashing remote coastal villages with violent winds and torrential rains.

  • Asia-Pacific coal rush worsens global warming: WWF

    September 04 2007 9:52 AM

    Growing dependence on cheap coal to power rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is blamed for harmful changes in the world's climate, experts said on Tuesday.

  • Climate change lifts APEC temperature

    September 04 2007 6:52 AM

    Usually derided as teetering on the tip of irrelevance, this year's Asia-Pacific leaders' summit in Sydney hopes to rise above its reputation for glacial action and have a real impact on the course of climate change. Leaders gathered for the meeting hope to build on June's G8 summit, in which nations agreed to consider a 50 percent cut in emissions by 2050 and build momentum ahead of a U.N. climate change meeting later this month.