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  • Restoration of Nepal's quake-ravaged treasures off to a slow start

    KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal Deftly handling tiny chisels and swabs of cloth, a dozen village women painstakingly chip away the crust and grime of centuries, restoring to life images of Brahma, Vishnu and other Hindu deities that grace an architectural

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Nepali village tells story of official neglect

    LIPING, Nepal -- The small village of Liping, just next to Nepal's border with Tibet, is still reeling from the impact of a series of devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal from April 25, 2015. The highway that runs through the village, once

    April 25, 2016 11:00 am JST
  • Nepal marks 1st quake anniversary

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- Nepal marked Sunday the first anniversary of its deadliest quake on record, with Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and others observing a minute of silence at the 19th century Dharahara tower in central Kathmandu. Accor

    April 24, 2016 05:18 pm JST
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    Kunda Dixit: Deconstructing Nepal amid aftershocks of apathy and neglect

    It has been nearly one year since the massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people. The foreign correspondents who flocked to Kathmandu immediately after the April 25 quake have returned for their obligatory first anniversary pieces, and t

    April 22, 2016 06:10 pm JST
  • Panama Papers unsettle Pakistan's politics

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is facing growing political pressure, including calls to resign, over revelations in the Panama Papers about his family's interests in assets held by offshore companies. Leaked documents from the

    April 21, 2016 07:07 pm JST
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    Sachin Chaturvedi: A new path to South Asian integration

    A new grouping of South Asian nations is shaping up as a potentially important vehicle for regional integration in an area where it has been badly lacking. The bloc could provide a great support for advancing peace, progress and prosperity and play

    April 20, 2016 10:05 pm JST
  • Pakistan highway likely among first AIIB projects

    BEIJING -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank likely will help fund a highway extension in Pakistan along with two other road projects to kick off its lending operations, the Financial Times has reported. The China-led bank, established in

    April 20, 2016 05:22 am JST
  • Sharif helps Sharia banking to spread

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Islamic banking is growing fast in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, thanks to the growing popularity of its Sharia compliant structure and a helping hand from the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Islamic banking rem

    April 20, 2016 12:30 am JST
  • Nepal's heritage sites still in ruins a year after quake

    KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal -- Deftly handling tiny chisels and swabs of cloth, a dozen village women painstakingly chip away the crust and grime of centuries, restoring to life images of Brahma, Vishnu and other Hindu deities that grace an architectura

    April 19, 2016 07:49 pm JST
  • Film award puts focus on Pakistan honor killings

    ISLAMABAD -- Campaigners in Pakistan have taken heart from the Academy Award won by a documentary about honor killings in the country to press for stronger legislation to protect potential victims. Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first

    April 13, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Road to nuclear-free world fraught with challenges

    HIROSHIMA -- Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven countries called for a renewed commitment to nuclear disarmament here Monday, but the world must first overcome a mountain of challenges, such as stalled talks between the U.S. and Russia and gr

    April 12, 2016 04:20 am JST
  • World Bank cuts forecast for developing Asia

    SINGAPORE - The World Bank has lowered its growth forecast for developing East Asia and the Pacific region this year to 6.3%, 0.1 point down from its projection in October. It expects China's slowdown and the decline in commodity prices to continue

    April 11, 2016 11:00 pm JST
  • Panama Papers stir emerging world

    BANGKOK -- The Panama Papers jolt is spreading to the emerging world. The list of people suspected of using offshore shell companies to squirrel away money is getting longer by the day. Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Pakistani Prime Minister

    April 10, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Sri Lankan finance minister talks up friendship with China

    HONG KONG -- The Sri Lankan government, once keen to distance itself from a pro-China stance, is now steadily moving back to its former position. This was the message conveyed to the investment community by the country's finance minister, Ravi Karun

    April 9, 2016 01:56 am JST
  • Indonesia, 5 other Asian states, Chad to attend G-7 summit in Japan

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The leaders of Indonesia, Vietnam and four other Asian states, as well as the Sub-Saharan African nation of Chad will attend part of a Group of Seven summit that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host in late May, the Japanese governme

    April 8, 2016 07:30 pm JST
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    Morgan and Zhang: Asian home lending a source of stability

    Financial sectors in Asian economies are dominated by banks, so maintaining their financial stability is crucial. Domestic banking crises often originate in the real estate sector -- the subprime crisis in the United States in 2007 to 2010 was only

    April 7, 2016 12:25 pm JST
  • Asia's infrastructure challenge set to cost $6.5 trillion

    JAKARTA -- Roads, railways, power plants -- Asia needs more of them. A lot more. Countries with large populations and rising income levels are setting ambitious infrastructure development goals, eager to tap into new funding sources like the China-

    April 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • A bridge too few

    Infrastructure deficit. Those two words are costing Asia a lot of money. As China's economic slowdown continues, its trading partners are increasingly looking to themselves and each other for growth. But without adequate transportation, power an

    April 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Infrastructure is the basis for everything: ADB chief Nakao

    MANILA Asian economies have been rattled by China's slowdown, but they are still growing faster than many others. Maintaining that momentum, however, will require governments to get serious about improving the region's shaky infrastructure. The Ni

    April 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Asia's infrastructure challenge set to cost $6.5 trillion

    JAKARTA Roads, railways, power plants -- Asia needs more of them. A lot more. Countries with large populations and rising income levels are setting ambitious infrastructure development goals, eager to tap into new funding sources like the China-le

    April 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST