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  • India's Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor's local business

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster Airtel's position in the face of stiff competition fro

    February 23, 2017 11:15 pm JST
  • Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

    Walking through the capital of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, I was struck not by the panoramic view of distant mountain peaks but by the growing thicket of bamboo scaffolding and multistory buildings within the city.Unlike many Asian citie

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

    Walking through the capital of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, I was struck not by the panoramic view of distant mountain peaks but by the growing thicket of bamboo scaffolding and multistory buildings within the city.Unlike many Asian citie

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh moves forward on sovereign infrastructure fund

    DHAKA -- Bangladesh is moving to put $2 billion from its foreign reserves into a new sovereign wealth fund to finance infrastructure development, but experts fear political maneuvering may soak up public resources.The government of Prime Minister Sh

    February 23, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Protectionist trend a 'negative sign': Nobel laureate Yunus

    TOKYO -- Muhammad Yunus, founder of Bangladeshi microfinance organization Grameen Bank and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, says the global trend toward protectionism is among the "negative signs" he sees worldwide and that changing the financial sy

    February 21, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's booming car market attracts global attention

    KARACHI -- As Pakistan aims for emerging-economy status, its automotive industry is already motoring along at a healthy clip. Annual passenger car sales recently topped 200,000 units for the first time, and all of the country's automakers are planni

    February 19, 2017 06:45 pm JST
  • Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.The bomber entered the main hall of the

    February 17, 2017 09:08 am JST
  • Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine kills 72, claimed by Islamic State

    KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) -- A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 72 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week.A spo

    February 17, 2017 04:38 am JST
  • Snapshots of Pakistan's big shots

    Pakistan's major conglomerates -- the drivers of industry in the country -- are enjoying a fresh boost from the launch of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and an uptick in the economy.With operations ranging from finance to energy to infrastruct

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment boosts Pakistan's economic growth

    KARACHI Pakistan, the world's sixth-most populous country, has embarked on a high-growth trajectory.The nation of around 200 million people posted gross domestic product growth of 4.7% in the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, and the economy is p

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's booming car market attracts global attention

    KARACHI As Pakistan aims for emerging-economy status, its automotive industry is already motoring along at a healthy clip. Annual passenger car sales recently topped 200,000 units for the first time, and all of the country's automakers are planning

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment boosts Pakistan's economic growth

    KARACHI -- Pakistan, the world's sixth-most populous country, has embarked on a high-growth trajectory.The nation of around 200 million people posted gross domestic product growth of 4.7% in the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, and the economy i

    February 16, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Trump immigration order leaves Bhutan refugees in limbo

    BELDANGI, Nepal -- Just days away from a new life in the U.S. city of Atlanta, Hema Devi Chhetri had squeezed all her clothes -- and all of her parents' -- into three duffle bags. The 23-year-old Hindu refugee from Bhutan had quit her job as a teach

    February 14, 2017 11:00 pm JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI -- In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.Th

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.This

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Ian Bremmer

    More Trump jolts on the way

    Donald Trump's move to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has triggered a fight in U.S. courts and provoked angry protests in many U.S. cities. But the arguments over its legal and moral merits won't change many minds. The new presi

    February 8, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    Nepal needs bridge over troubled waters

    Nepal sits on vast water resources. The United Nations describes the landlocked Himalayan state as "one of the Asian countries with the highest level of water resources per inhabitant." Water can potentially be to Nepal what oil is to Arab sheikhdom

    January 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Muslim bloc urges Myanmar to end humanitarian crisis in Rakhine

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The multinational Organization of Islamic Cooperation said on Thursday that Myanmar must stop the oppression of its Rohingya population and prevent extremist groups from fanning religious hatred in Rakhine State, home to most of the

    January 19, 2017 11:47 pm JST
  • Developing countries share acquired know-how with peers

    MANILA -- "When the rice seedlings grow to about this high, transplant them to a paddy," Lea Abaoag at the Philippine Rice Research Institute instructed. "Calculate how many hours of sunlight they'll get to plan when you'll harvest them."Abaoag was

    January 19, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Patrick Low: Don't write off the WTO

    International trading relationships are more uncertain today than they have been in a long time. The inability of the World Trade Organization to bring closure to the Doha round negotiations after more than a decade and a half has undermined already

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST