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Footage: Ice fishing season starts in north China

The ice-fishing season in north China kicked off on Sunday, as the first net was cast on the frozen lake of Chagan Nuoer in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Local fishermen hold traditional sacrificial rites and prayers on the lake to show respect toward the “Lake God” while praying for a ...

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US policy shift in Asia under Trump worries Japan

Japan and the US are busy with steps to keep a close military alliance. Ash Carter arrived in Japan on Monday, his last visit as US defense secretary, and the latest in a series of Washington’s diplomatic initiatives. Carter’s last visit comes with a present for the Japanese government – ...

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Moody’s cuts Italy’s bond rating outlook to negative

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked Matteo Renzi to remain in a caretaker prime minister role until a new government can be put in place. Credit rating firm Moody’s cut the heavily indebted country’s bond rating outlook to negative from stable, saying prospects for economic reforms had shrunk after Italians ...

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No breakthrough in Kerry-Lavrov talks on Aleppo

US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany on Wednesday, in an effort to halt the fighting in Aleppo. However, no breakthroughs were made. The two foreign ministers met before the start of the two-day ministerial meeting of the Organization for ...

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