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Japan's Abe tours ancient city with Mexican leader MEXICO CITY: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up a two-day visit to Mexico Saturday, taking a break from sealing energy deals to tour pyramids with President Enrique Pena Nieto.Abe and Pena Nieto visited the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan with their wives Akie Abe and Angelica Rivera de Pena, donning palm-leaf hats and posing for pictures.The couples did not speak with the press.But Pena Nieto's office released a statement saying Mexico expects greater trade and cooperation with Japan in coming years.Abe struck a series of energy deals Friday with Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of one by Chinese President Xi Jinping, inked a deal between Mexican state oil firm Pemex and Japan's development bank, and another between Pemex and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.With Japan on the lookout for new power sources ...

Indonesia president-elect faces huge reform challenge JAKARTA: After his resounding victory in Indonesia's presidential race, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo now faces the daunting task of taking the world's third-biggest democracy forward as resistance to reform lingers.The softly-spoken former furniture exporter was declared Indonesia's next president by election officials Tuesday, and although his rival, Prabowo Subianto, is contesting the result in court, Widodo is widely expected to prevail.He is the country's first president to come from outside the political and military elite, ...

First MH17 victim identified, grieving relatives visit site GRABOVE: Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed in the MH17 disaster, the Dutch government said, as grieving relatives defied safety concerns to pay an emotional visit to the crash site in eastern Ukraine.A truce has been called in the immediate area around the site by both the Kiev forces and pro-Russian separatists, but combat was raging just 60 kilometres (35 miles) away, with loud explosions heard at regular intervals in western ...

July 28, 1914: Austria-Hungary's calamitous last hurrah VIENNA: News-hungry, patriotic crowds had been massing for hours outside newspaper offices in Vienna when emperor Franz Joseph's "To My Peoples!" proclamation of war against Serbia finally came on the evening of July 28, 1914.A month after a Bosnian Serb revolutionary assassinated Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo, the uppity Serbs were going to get a long-deserved bloody nose.Special editions were ripped out of newspaper sellers' hands, and in Vienna at least, ...

North Korea defies UN censure to fire missile into sea SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure. Saturday's launch was the first since the UN Security Council on July 17 officially condemned Pyongyang for its recent series of ballistic missile tests, in violation of UN resolutions.The North's state news agency KCNA described the missile launch by the army as a "rocket-firing drill" to simulate ...

Clock ticks on Lithuania 2015 euro move as others eye security VILNIUS: Lithuania won the EU's final green light this week to join the eurozone in 2015, completing a Baltic embrace of Europe's checkered single currency as security concerns over Russia nudge other reluctant eastern candidates towards adoption.A special clock has started ticking at Lithuania's central bank in Vilnius, counting the days until the country of three million becomes the eurozone's 19th member on January 1. Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia joined in 2014 and 2011, ...


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