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  • Zahid Shahab Ahmed

    India-Pakistan relations set tone for annual South Asian summit

    It was Ziaur Rahman, the late president of Bangladesh, who came up with the initial idea for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. But India and Pakistan -- the two nuclear-armed rivals -- have been calling the shots since the first

    December 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • After the massacre

    Pakistan prime minister puts up tough front against Taliban

    NEW DELHI -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday stressed his resolve to go after terrorist groups in light of the Peshawar school attack by the Pakistani Taliban that killed more than 140 people. Sharif declared that there were n

    December 18, 2014 06:26 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Asia does not have a dollar problem

    After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically but strategically. Global finance is thus in for a turbul

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Terrorist slaughter sparks outrage

    UN chief condemns attack on Pakistani school

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had strong words of condemnation for a Taliban attack that left over 130 dead at a Pakistani school, most of them children. "It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless chi

    December 17, 2014 07:16 am JST
  • Pakistani school attack

    Taliban gunmen kill more than 140

    NEW DELHI -- Taliban militants in Pakistan claimed responsibility for an attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that killed at least 141 people, mostly students, in one of the worst terrorist massacres the country has seen in recent years.

    December 17, 2014 05:07 am JST
  • 131 people killed in attack on army school in Pakistan: official

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) --Gunmen and suicide bombers linked to Pakistani Taliban militants stormed an army school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 131 people, mostly students, and injuring 80 others, the Pakistani military said. Defense Mi

    December 16, 2014 11:25 pm JST
  • Economic development in Nepal

    The Switzerland of Asia?

    TOKYO -- Bordering on the Himalayas, Nepal is known for its scenic beauty, clean fresh air and serenity. Indeed, there are a number of places that embody such qualities across the mountainous country. But a closer look at the capital city of Kat

    December 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Software alliance in Asia

    Japanese IT companies partner to tap emerging nations

    TOKYO -- Three Japanese companies with a total of more than 800 software engineers in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar will partner up to bid for contracts to develop large-scale computer systems for Japan. Evolable Asia, BJIT and CyberMissions

    December 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Myanmar's religious unrest

    Conflicts threaten public security, international relations

    YANGON -- Myanmar's transition to civilian rule has brought with it a spike in religious clashes, as communal tensions long held in check by the previous military government boil over. It is widely believed that some 90% of Myanmar's population of

    December 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining

    Asia should focus on its own 'pivot to Asia'

    Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the U.S. and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has

    December 12, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • Fighting for education

    Nobel Peace Prize shows need for progress on children's rights

    NEW DELHI -- The awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi illustrates the urgency of further improving conditions for young people and women around the world. The Taliban tig

    December 11, 2014 02:59 am JST
  • Sri Lanka's president faces challenge from former ally

    COLOMBO -- Until November, Maithripala Sirisena was a close ally of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, serving as health minister and general secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Now Sirisena wants to win his former boss's job i

    December 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Malala, Satyarthi receive their Nobel Prizes for child campaigns

    OSLO (Reuters) -- Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for refusing to quit school, and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi received their Nobel Peace Prizes on Wednesday after two days of celebration honouring their work for child

    December 10, 2014 10:56 pm JST
  • Entrenched conflict

    Nobel no panacea for India-Pakistan tensions

    NEW DELHI -- The sharing of this year's Nobel Peace Prize by an Indian and a Pakistani, which had raised hopes of improved ties between their quarreling homelands, may have ended up only highlighting the severity of the conflict. The two South A

    December 10, 2014 07:25 am JST
  • Apathy biggest bar to ending child slavery - Nobel prize winner

    OSLO (Reuters) -- Apathy is the biggest obstacle to eliminating forced child labour and the world needs more secular education to reduce intolerance, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday. In Oslo, where he will receive the

    December 10, 2014 04:30 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia does not have a dollar problem

    It is finally happening. After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. This is bound to rattle markets. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically

    December 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • $45B megaproject: China

    Pakistan set to build economic corridor

    ISLAMABAD -- China will finance and build transportation and energy infrastructure in Pakistan through a massive project Beijing hopes will help bolster its presence in the Middle East. The proposed economic corridor between the two countries wi

    December 6, 2014 02:40 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Carbon -- a versatile gift from nature

    Carbon is available in many different forms: carbon dioxide, methane gas, coal, petroleum and natural gas. It is the active element of photosynthesis -- a key process for all living matter that combines water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to create u

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka election

    President faces challenge from former ally

    COLOMBO -- Until November, Maithripala Sirisena was a close ally of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, serving as health minister and general secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Now Sirisena wants to win his former boss's job i

    December 2, 2014 07:00 pm JST