Articles by Hans Greimel



Abe's Ruling Party Defeated at Polls

  • 30 July 07
  • The Associated Press
Japan's ruling party suffered a devastating defeat in parliamentary elections Sunday, as voters angry at a spate of government scandals revolted against embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Companies Halted in Wake of Quake

  • 23 July 07
  • The Associated Press
The mammoth earthquake that ravaged northern Japan this week did more than take lives and trigger radioactive leaks. It nailed some of the most important industries under-girding growth in the world's second-biggest economy.

UN Slaps Sanctions on North Korea

  • 16 October 06
  • The Associated Press
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose sanctions on North Korea, calling Pyongyang's claimed nuclear test ""a clear threat to international peace and security.""

Japan Presses Moscow to Release Fishermen

  • 18 August 06
  • The Associated Press
Japan dispatched diplomats Thursday to negotiate the release of three fishermen detained by Russia after a shooting killed a fellow crew member. Tokyo officials said the incident could affect ties with Moscow.

Russia Offers North Korea a Way Out

  • 20 January 03
  • The Associated Press
Diplomatic efforts to defuse the North Korean nuclear crisis gathered pace Sunday, as a Russian envoy submitted a settlement plan to the communist country's leaders.

Pyongyang Pledges to Attend Seoul Meeting

  • 10 January 03
  • The Associated Press
As diplomatic pressure for dialogue over its nuclear weapons program mounted around the world, North Korea agreed Thursday to attend Cabinet-level talks with South Korea -- a meeting that could help solve the dangerous standoff.

Nasdaq Exits Asia to Focus on Europe

  • 20 August 02
  • The Associated Press
Citing bad market conditions, the U.S.-based Nasdaq Stock Market called an end to expansion in Asia on Monday and said it will refocus on Europe.

Rising Yen Gives Japan Another Fiscal Headache

  • 02 July 02
  • The Associated Press
Compounding the woes of the slumping U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen has skyrocketed to eight-month highs against the greenback as investors flinch at terrorism threats, crooked accounting and a dimmed outlook for a quick U.S. recovery.

UN: West Should Lead Afghanistan Aid Effort

  • 21 January 02
  • The Associated Press
The United Nations pressured donors to match its plea for Afghan reconstruction aid Sunday but conceded some countries were leery about signing blank checks to the war-torn nation's interim government.

Transport Worries for Euro Switch

German Stations SAT1, ProSieben to Join Forces

German Retail Laws Under Pressure

ECB Answers Fed by 1/2% Rise

Volkswagen to Launch Internet Supply Venture

DaimlerChrysler to Buy 34% Mitsubishi Stake

BMW Plans to Ditch Money-Losing Rover