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  • Ben Simpfendorfer: A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. Big multinationals and local conglomerates used to be the kings of the region's consumer goods business. They were able to build up in a way that no midsize company could hope to replicate. But size is

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Jo Scheuer: Lessons from Nepal's earthquake tragedy

    The numbers of those who have perished are still rising following the April 25 devastating earthquake in Nepal. The quake -- the country's largest in 80 years -- hit a notoriously vulnerable area. While our attention right now needs to focus on

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Quake cleanup could cost $10 billion

    MUMBAI -- Fixing the damage wrought by the earthquake in Nepal may cost the already cash-strapped country an amount equal to half its gross domestic product. To get its economy back on track, the nation will have to rely on aid and investment from I

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vying for influence, neighbors offer Nepal aid

    NEW DELHI -- India and China are involved in massive relief efforts for earthquake-ravaged Nepal. The two Asian giants have long grappled for greater influence in the Himalayan nation. Both responded soon after the 7.8 magnitude temblor struck A

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 54 foreigners dead, 109 missing in Nepal quake

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- Police in Nepal said Sunday that at least 54 foreigners, including a Japanese national, perished in last weekend's earthquake and subsequent avalanches on Mt. Everest and popular trekking trails across the country. The polic

    May 3, 2015 09:57 pm JST
  • Nepal quake

    Frustrations grow over slow relief

    MUMBAI -- A week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, tensions are mounting over the government's slow response to help the survivors. "There are no tents, no food," a stunned 30-something man from Kathmandu said upon arriving at an affect

    May 2, 2015 05:18 am JST
  • Nepal earthquake

    After tragedy, Nepalis face economic fallout and reconstruction costs

    BANGKOK -- As rescuers and aid agencies sift through rubble in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, economists are attempting to assess the financial impact of the quake and the costs of rebuilding the capital, Kathma

    May 1, 2015 11:33 pm JST
  • How safe are your medical records from viruses?

    TOKYO -- Hospitals have always had to be careful about the spread of infections. But in this modern era of networked healthcare, the danger of viruses has taken on new meaning. Threats from both opportunistic computer viruses and deliberate cyberatt

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kathmandu, a city still in shock after massive earthquake

    KATHMANDU -- Numerous aftershocks were still shaking Nepal's capital and surrounding regions into April 27, after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region on the afternoon of April 25, killing more than 4,700 people and injuring at least 6,500. Man

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China plows $45.6B into Pakistan for new Silk Road

    NEW DELHI/BEIJING -- China is to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure in Pakistan, as part of its grand vision of a new Silk Road connecting the world's second largest economy to the Middle East, Africa and Europe by land and sea routes.

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nepal earthquake

    Aid promised from around the world

    NEW DELHI -- Offers of aid have been pouring in from around the world in the wake of Nepal's strongest earthquake in 80 years, which has left more than 5,000 confirmed dead. The Asian Development Bank based in Manila has announced a grant of $3

    April 29, 2015 03:30 pm JST
  • Tensions rise in Nepal after 'weak' response to deadly quake

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Nepali officials conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response to a massive earthquake that has killed more than 4,700 people, as survivors stranded in remote villages and towns waited for aid and relief to arrive

    April 29, 2015 02:16 pm JST
  • Kamal Alam

    China's road to Kabul runs through Islamabad

    On the eve of his visit to Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote an editorial in both Chinese and Pakistani newspapers emphasizing the unique and matchless bond between the two nations. The tone of the article starts off with sentimental

    April 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, PM says toll could be 10,000

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.

    April 28, 2015 06:11 pm JST
  • Nepal earthquake

    Kathmandu -- a city in shock

    KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Numerous aftershocks wracked Nepal's capital Kathmandu and surrounding regions into Monday, after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region Saturday afternoon, killing more than 3,700 people and injuring at least 6,500. Many more

    April 28, 2015 11:20 am JST
  • Jo Scheuer

    Lessons from Nepal's earthquake tragedy

    The numbers of those who have perished are still rising following Saturday's massive earthquake in Nepal. The quake -- the country's largest in 80 years -- hit a notoriously vulnerable area. While our attention right now needs to focus on urgent

    April 28, 2015 11:10 am JST
  • Shortages loom

    Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear

    BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (Reuters) -- Thousands of Nepalis began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks and looming shortages of food and water after an earthquake that killed more than 3,700 people.

    April 27, 2015 07:37 pm JST
  • Nepal earthquake

    Desperate Nepalese sleep in open as aftershocks spread fear

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 3,200 people and overwhelmed authorities struggled to cope with the dis

    April 27, 2015 12:10 pm JST
  • Quake aftermath

    Nepal earthquake may devastate tourism-heavy economy

    NEW DELHI -- The damage caused by the earthquake that hit central Nepal on Saturday could be greater than the size of the nation's entire economy, according to some estimates. The quake destroyed the historic Dharahara Tower, a 19th-century buil

    April 27, 2015 02:38 am JST
  • Nepal earthquake

    Death toll from M7.8 Nepal quake rises to over 2,300

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- The death toll from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to more than 2,300 in the Sout Asian country and neighboring areas as of Sunday afternoon, with the disaster injuring thousands more and ca

    April 26, 2015 11:20 pm JST