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Trump likely to visit Japan in May, G20 in June

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Japan in May to meet with the country's new emperor and then return to the country in June for a G20 gathering, a White House official said on Wednesday.

U.N. permits North Koreans to travel to Vietnam for Trump summit

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations Security Council sanctions committee has approved the travel of a North Korean delegation to Vietnam next week for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on denuclearisation.

Saudi to free 850 Indian prisoners from its jails - India government

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will release 850 Indians from its prisons after a request from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to New Delhi, India's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Venezuela closes maritime border with Dutch islands to stop aid

(Reuters) - Venezuela's government on Wednesday said it had closed the country's maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean islands due to the opposition's plan to bring in humanitarian aid this Saturday to alleviate an economic crisis it denies exists.

Guaido says he's trying to freeze Venezuelan accounts in Switzerland

(Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to the president of Switzerland on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American nation after "irregular movements" were discovered.

Wan Azizah: Sirul's extradition from Australia to be discussed with Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says the deportation of Sirul Azhar Umar from Australia, who was convicted and sentenced to death here for murdering Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, will be discussed with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Tencent to maintain aggressive investment stance in face of challenging 2019

HONG KONG (Reuters): Tencent Holdings Ltd said investment is central to its overall strategy and so it will maintain its scale of investment after an aggressive 2018, brushing aside near-term risks such as the bursting of China’s tech bubble as economic growth slows.

Days before summit, Trump raises prospect of easing North Korea sanctions

WASHINGTON/HANOI (Reuters) - A week before a second summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. President Donald Trump held out the prospect of an easing of tough sanctions on the country, but only if it does "something that's meaningful" on denuclearisation.

Vodafone connects 5G smartphones to its network for first time

Mobile phone group Vodafone has conducted a successful trial connecting next-generation 5G smartphones to its network for the first time as it prepares to launch 5G in some European cities later this year, it said on Feb 20.

Vodafone said it had made an ultra-high-resolution 4K video call during trials in Madrid and Barcelona, at speeds 10 times faster than current 4G technology. — Reuters

Saudi prince sees 'useful returns' from expected $100 billion investment in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he saw investment opportunities of more than $100 billion (77 billion pounds) in India over the next two years as he began his first official visit amid tensions between arch foes India and Pakistan.