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  • ASEAN emergency meeting

    Trust fund set up to tackle human trafficking

    KUALA LUMPUR -- A regional trust fund will be established to support the humanitarian and relief efforts aimed at tackling human trafficking, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said on Thursday. ASEAN ministers in charge of transnational

    July 2, 2015 09:32 pm JST
  • A matter of safety

    Despite Band-Aid steps, Dhaka stocks still falling

    DHAKA -- The Bangladeshi stock market went through a period of extreme bullishness back when the rest of the world was still reeling from the global financial crisis. From the second quarter of 2009 through the last quarter of 2010, the benchmar

    July 2, 2015 04:15 pm JST
  • Despite Band-Aid steps, Dhaka stocks still falling

    DHAKA -- The Bangladeshi stock market went through a period of extreme bullishness back when the rest of the world was still reeling from the global financial crisis. From the second quarter of 2009 through the last quarter of 2010, the benchmar

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vijay Sakhuja

    How Asia's 'boat people' exposed maritime weaknesses

    The controversy over the exodus of tens of thousands of stateless Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants in rickety vessels has exposed chinks in the armor of regional maritime security forces. Over just two months this year, an estimate

    July 1, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Heat wave exacerbates outages

    Pakistan turns to solar power

    KARACHI -- After years of crippling power outages, Pakistan is embracing solar and wind power, with a target of generating at least 10% of its energy supply from renewable energy within five years. Sanaullah Kazi, who runs a chain of schools in

    June 29, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • Nepal reconstruction

    Donors pledge two-thirds of $6.7 billion needed

    NEW DELHI -- Neighboring India and China have together pledged nearly $1.5 billion of the $4.4 billion funding committed for reconstruction of earthquake-ravaged Nepal during a meeting of foreign donors. Nepal was devastated by a 7.8 magnitude e

    June 26, 2015 10:28 pm JST
  • After the Nepal earthquakes

    International aid slow to arrive as local businesses rush to help victims

    KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI -- International aid has fallen short of expectations since two earthquakes killed thousands in Nepal, and two U.S.-franchised consumer businesses have quit the country, blaming labor problems amid official forecasts of up to fiv

    June 25, 2015 07:35 am JST
  • Sri Lanka won't be swayed by giants: Foreign minister

    TOKYO -- Sri Lanka will pursue an "omnidirectional foreign policy" that serves its own interests, not those of either of its huge neighbors, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the Nikkei Asian Review on his recent visit to Japan. Six mont

    June 25, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • More than 600 dead in Karachi heat wave: doctors

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- The death toll from heat wave in Karachi since Sunday rose to over 600 on Tuesday, according to doctors at main city hospitals. The government of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, has kept mum over the officia

    June 24, 2015 09:48 am JST
  • Keeping China, India at arm's length

    Sri Lanka sets its own foreign policy agenda: foreign minister

    TOKYO -- Sri Lanka will pursue an "omnidirectional foreign policy" that serves its own interests, not those of either of its huge neighbors, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told The Nikkei Asian Review on his recent visit to Japan. Six mont

    June 19, 2015 11:00 am JST
  • Editorial: Asia must cope with changes in global economy

    Sweeping changes are coming to the global economy. The U.S. is recovering. Meanwhile, China and other emerging nations, which have driven the global economy for the last few years, face headwinds. An interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve is

    June 18, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Recycling ships

    Pakistan's shipbreaking yards face sea change

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Some 50km from the hustle and bustle of Karachi, in the impoverished province of Balochistan, lies Gadani beach. Rusting ships that have outlived their usefulness are anchored there, no longer seaworthy and destined for the

    June 17, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • India connectivity

    Transport pact with northeastern neighbors

    NEW DELHI -- India has signed a historic border transit agreement with neighboring Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal to facilitate the movement of vehicles, people, goods and services. Calling it "a momentous achievement", Nitin Gadkari, India's mini

    June 16, 2015 11:50 pm JST
  • Combating climate change

    Weak plans mean world set to overshoot temperature goal, says IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Countries' current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy

    June 15, 2015 09:01 am JST
  • Nepal earthquakes

    Billionaire 'noodle king' turns focus to rebuilding homeland

    NEW DELHI -- Binod Chaudhary, Nepal's only billionaire, is used to challenges, but the earthquake that devastated his mountain homeland in April has left him and his countrymen with a particularly daunting task: rebuilding a country that is already

    June 12, 2015 07:37 pm JST
  • Kamal Alam

    Pakistan's warming ties with Myanmar

    The British Empire revolved around the Indian subcontinent, which it called the jewel in its crown. Through India, the British projected power from the Middle East all the way to Northeast Asia. In 2015, there is a different kind of diplomatic a

    June 12, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • India-Pakistan

    Prickly Pakistani reaction to Indian counter-insurgent strike

    NEW DELHI -- A day after Indian special forces claimed to have wiped out two rebel bases inside Myanmar, Pakistan warned India against any "misadventure" on its territory. "India should not mistake Pakistan for Myanmar and our army is fully capa

    June 11, 2015 10:53 pm JST