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  • Autopsy carried out on Japanese man killed in Bangladesh

    DHAKA (Kyodo) -- An autopsy examination has been carried out on the body of a Japanese man shot dead on Saturday in Bangladesh, hospital sources said on Sunday. A team from the forensic medicine department of the Rangpur Medical College conducte

    October 4, 2015 09:53 pm JST
  • Bangladesh beefs up security for foreigners after second killing claimed by Islamic State

    DHAKA (Reuters) -- Bangladesh stepped up security for foreign diplomats and citizens on Sunday after the killing of two foreigners within a week in attacks claimed by Islamic State, which has vowed similar further assaults in the Muslimmajority nati

    October 4, 2015 04:15 pm JST
  • Islamic State claims responsibility for killing Japanese man in Bangladesh

    DHAKA (Reuters) -- Islamic State claimed responsibility for shooting a Japanese man in Bangladesh on Saturday, the second foreign national it says it has killed there within a week, and threatened more such attacks. Police said they had detained

    October 4, 2015 02:21 am JST
  • Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

    DHAKA (Kyodo) -- A Japanese man was shot dead in Bangladesh on Saturday morning, just days after an Italian citizen was killed in the country's capital. Kunio Hoshi, 66, was killed by unidentified attackers on a motorcycle as he made his way to

    October 3, 2015 09:00 pm JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    The Middle East meltdown and global risk

    NEW YORK -- Among today's geopolitical risks, none is greater than the long arc of instability stretching from the Maghreb to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. With the Arab Spring an increasingly distant memory, the instability along this arc is dee

    October 1, 2015 10:15 pm JST
  • Unrest in Nepal

    Southern shutdown puts onus on Kathmandu to bridge trust deficit

    KATHMANDU/SINGAPORE -- Nepal is reeling from the effects of a seven- week shutdown in the south of the country because of widespread protests against a new constitution seen by local ethnic groups as discriminatory. Most economic activity in the

    October 1, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • UN summit adopts sustainable development goals

    NEW YORK -- At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015, a new set of measures were formally adopted on Sept. 25, with ambitious global goals set for the next 15 years, such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and achieving gend

    October 1, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sembcorp Industries

    Investing in Bangladesh to meet growing power demand

    SINGAPORE -- Sembcorp Industries, Singapore's state-linked infrastructure firm, is increasing its foothold as a major power generation player in emerging Asia. The company announced on Sept. 28 that it has clinched a deal to develop and operate a po

    September 30, 2015 08:35 pm JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma

    India grapples with two-front dilemma

    India's western and northern borders have recently been the scene of simultaneous, aggressive posturing by Pakistan and China. Amid regular ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on India's west

    September 28, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Sujeev Shakya: Cold facts about Nepal's hot stock market

    The Nepse, Nepal's benchmark stock index, rose above the 1,200-point level for the first time in history on Aug. 20. Less than three months earlier, the market had hit a year-to-date low of 837 points due to political uncertainty and the aftermath o

    September 24, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's growth slowing, but no need for panic, says ADB

    HONG KONG -- Developing Asia will grow at its slowest pace since 2001 this year, according to an updated forecast by the Asian Development Bank, although a collapse in China appears unlikely. The ADB said Sept. 22 it expects developing Asia's 45

    September 24, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • UN report on Sri Lanka 'war crimes' sparks fresh calls for tribunal

    MULLIVAIKAL, Sri Lanka -- Across a barren strip in Mullivaikal, on Sri Lanka's northern coast, newly painted houses glow under a scorching sun. But this evidence of renewal cannot whitewash the grim history of the area, the site of the final battle

    September 24, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • ADB trims GDP forecast

    Developing Asia to grow at slowest pace since 2001

    HONG KONG -- Developing Asia this year will grow at its slowest pace since 2001, according to an updated forecast by the Asian Development Bank. The ADB said Tuesday it expects developing Asia's 45 economies to grow 5.8% in 2015 and 6% in 2016,

    September 22, 2015 04:45 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka 'war crimes'

    UN report sparks fresh calls for tribunal on civil war

    MULLIVAIKAL, Sri Lanka -- Across a flat, barren strip of land in Mullivaikal, on Sri Lanka's northeastern coast, a cluster of newly painted two-roomed concrete houses glows brightly under a scorching afternoon sun. But this evidence of renewal canno

    September 21, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Peace brings prosperity

    Can Pakistan ride its tailwind to 'emerging country' status?

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Long plagued by a crippling combination of terrorist attacks, political chaos and natural disasters, Pakistan's economy is finally starting to catch a break. The country is enjoying a tailwind created by lower crude oil pri

    September 17, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Auto industry robust despite chronic energy, tax, labor woes

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- This country's auto industry has seen sharp increases in production and sales lately, following a long period of doldrums since their previous peak in 2007. This shows that the sector is well ahead of other industries in taking

    September 17, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Volcker: Currency steering is not a panacea

    WASHINGTON -- The world is not yet embroiled in a currency war, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker told The Nikkei in a recent interview. Nevertheless, he said a key lesson of the Plaza Accord -- signed by major economies 30 years ago -- i

    September 17, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Greenspan: Markets undergoing 'long-overdue adjustment'

    WASHINGTON -- Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, expressed guarded optimism for the world economy in a recent interview with The Nikkei, downplaying the likelihood that market gyrations portend the bursting of another econo

    September 17, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • New incentives planned: Industry minister

    Q: Auto companies in Pakistan are demanding tax cuts and improved infrastructure. They are also impatiently waiting for the new Auto Development Policy.A: The draft of the "ADP 2015-20" has already been finalized and is pending approval by the cabin

    September 17, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • LNG imports should ease energy crunch: Petroleum minister

    Q: Pakistan has started importing liquefied natural gas. Is it easing the country's energy situation?A: The import of LNG from Qatar is based on a 15-year long-term contract. It has been finalized and will be signed soon. In the beginning, the volum

    September 17, 2015 12:00 am JST