Indian travelers more confident than Japanese, Aussies

For the most part, residents of Asia-Pacific can travel again. But some are more confident about packing their bags than others. Travel confidence is “diverse and nuanced” in the region, according to a new survey commissioned by the travel website Booking.com. Some 11,000 people in the region were polled about their comfort levels and concerns, … Read more

Biden senior advisor Anita Dunn has to divest investment portfolio to avoid conflict

White House senior advisor Anita Dunn is being forced to divest an investment portfolio worth an estimated $16.8 million to $48.2 million that ethics attorneys say poses significant conflicts of interest in her new role. The political and communications strategist will also have to recuse herself from myriad domestic and international issues that affect her … Read more

China tourist destination set a GDP target, but Covid locked it down

Sanya, on the southern coast of Hainan, was the top destination for couples flying from three of China’s largest cities last week for China’s version of Valentine’s Day, according to booking site Trip.com. Lucas Schifres | Getty Images News | Getty Images BEIJING — China’s tourist-heavy province of Hainan is falling further behind lofty growth … Read more

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their “next vacation,” compared to 37% of those aged 55 … Read more

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their “next vacation,” compared to 37% of those aged 55 … Read more

FAO food price index fell sharply in July but the respite may not last

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar, and corn futures have fallen from their March highs back to prices seen at the start of 2022. Olga Maltseva Afp | Getty Images Food prices dropped significantly in July from the previous month, particularly the costs of wheat and vegetable oil, according … Read more

‘Echoes of the Cold War’ as Blinken heads to Africa, vying with Russia for influence

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 8, 2022: South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) attend a strategic dialogue opening session meeting at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Monday to … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, August 8

A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), New York, August 3, 2022. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stocks look for momentum US equity markets were on track to open higher Monday morning after three … Read more

Netflix may be missing an opportunity in horror movies

A button for launching the Netflix application is seen on a remote control in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on April 25, 2019. Jaap Arriens NurPhoto | Getty Images There’s a big money question haunting Netflix. In recent years, the streamer has spent big on flashy, blockbuster-style action movies like “The Gray Man” and … Read more

During the last Taiwan crisis, China’s military was outmatched by US forces. Not now.

Three French-made Mirage 2000 fighter jets taxi on a runway in front of a hangar at the Hsinchu Air Base on August 5, 2022. China conducted its largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan despite condemnation by the United States, Japan and the European Union . Sam Yeh | AFP | Getty Images The last time tensions … Read more