Japan’s Kishida likely to move trade minister, retain finance in reshuffle: Media

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is likely to appoint Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda to a position outside the Cabinet, while retaining his current finance and foreign ministers in a reshuffle expected this week, media said. Mr Koichi Hagiuda, the minister of economy, trade and industry, is likely to be appointed chairman of […]

Thai poll shows majority want PM Prayut to leave office this month

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Nearly two-thirds of people in Thailand want Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to leave office this month, according to an opinion poll, which comes amid growing debate about how long the 2014 coup architect should stay in power. Thailand’s opposition plans to petition the constitutional court to decide whether Mr Prayut’s time as […]

Australia’s winter Covid-19 wave may have peaked early, health minister says

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Australia’s Covid-19 winter outbreak fuelled by the new Omicron sub-variants BA.4/5 may have peaked early, Health Minister Mark Butler said on Thursday (Aug 4), as hospitals reported a steady fall in admissions over the past week. Australia is battling one of its worst flare-ups of the coronavirus driven by the fast-moving new […]

Colombia and Venezuela to appoint new ambassadors, rebuild ties

Alvaro Leyca (center), the designated foreign minister of Colombia appointed by next president Gustavo Preto, delivers a speech next to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Carlos Faria (left) and Tachira Governor Freddy Bernal (right), after a meeting at the border city of San Cristobal, Venezuela, on July 28, 2022.  (JOHNNY PARRA / AFP) SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela – […]

Japan’s industry minister takes on additional role as Green Transformation minister

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japan’s industry minister Koichi Hagiuda has taken on the additional role as Green Transformation minister, leading the country’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the government’s spokesman said on Wednesday (July 27). “Minister Hagiuda is expected to manage administrative processes to realise the transformation of Japan’s economy, society and industrial structure […]