• Kulicke and Soffa misses 3Q profit forecasts

    On a per-share basis, the Singapore-based company said it had net income of 33 cents. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were 15 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average ...

  • Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time
    Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time

    Japan has no active maximum level-four biosafety labs so the move will bring it in line with other G7 nations -- there are about 40 such sites worldwide including some run by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decision to boost it to the highest biosafety level came as Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki signed an agreement with the mayor of the Musashimurayama suburb on Monday. Healthcare experts welcomed the move, saying Japan trailed other countries -- including the United States, France, and Singapore -- and was hampered in its ability to contain deadly viruses in the event of an outbreak.

  • Thailand arrests five for trafficking women into sex slavery in China
    Thailand arrests five for trafficking women into sex slavery in China

    Thailand has arrested five people suspected of trafficking Thai women into sex slavery in China and believed to be part of a ring that has also trafficked women into Malaysia and Singapore, Thai police said on Tuesday. The arrests come a week after the United States kept Thailand on its list of worst human-trafficking centres. The Thai government has said it hopes the U.S. will removed it from the blacklist following a crackdown.