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  • From sadness to wow

    Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than "like" posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, anger or sadness with ani

    October 9, 2015 09:06 am JST
  • World-wide PC shipments continue to slump

    World-wide personal computer shipments dropped in the September quarter as PC makers didn't receive much of a boost from Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Windows 10, according to a pair of data trackers Thursday. International Data Corp.

    October 9, 2015 08:57 am JST
  • Deadly strike on Afghan hospital

    Obama apologizes, MSF demands independent probe

    WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commissio

    October 8, 2015 11:19 am JST
  • President's party wins Kyrgyzstan election

    BISHKEK -- The party of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev emerged the winner from recent polls in the only democracy in former Soviet Central Asia. The Social Democratic Party received 27.4% of the votes, according to preliminary results relea

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Software and services rises highest in September

    HONG KONG -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for September showed increased business activity in 10 out of the 19 industries monitored. The software and services sector saw the sharpest output growth in all industries,

    October 7, 2015 11:00 am JST
  • Central Asian currencies

    Kyrgyz central bank to close swap deal with China

    BISHKEK -- The National Bank, Kyrgyzstan's central bank, is ready to sign a currency swap agreement with its counterpart in China, following on the heels of Central Asian neighbors Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. "Both us and the Chinese side are fav

    October 7, 2015 01:30 am JST
  • TPP

    Partnership could be a blow and opportunity for Japanese farmers

    TOKYO -- Japanese farmers will probably find both new opportunities and new threats under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, with rice and livestock as two crucial areas that will see major impacts. Japan currently caps tariff-free rice im

    October 6, 2015 04:04 am JST
  • Democracy in Central Asia

    President's party wins Kyrgyzstan election

    BISHKEK -- The party of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev emerged the winner from weekend polls in the only democracy in former Soviet Central Asia. The Social Democratic Party received support from 27.4% of voters, according to preliminary re

    October 5, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • At least nine killed in U.S. air strike on Afghan hospital

    KABUL (Reuters) -- A U.S. air strike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, killing at least nine people in what the U.S. military called possible "collateral damage" in the battle to oust Taliban in

    October 3, 2015 11:43 pm JST
  • Engineering deals

    Japanese contractors swoop in to maximize Central Asia's resources

    TOKYO -- Japanese plant engineering companies are setting their sights on resource-rich Central Asia. These contractors long hesitated to move into the region, due to its lack of direct access to the ocean for exports. But China has been increas

    October 3, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Democracy in Central Asia

    Kyrgyz parties struggle for maturity

    BISHKEK -- The legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady who led Great Britain from 1979 to 1990, has extended as far as Kyrgyzstan, the only Central Asian country experimenting with parliamentary democracy. "With freedom comes responsibility,"

    October 2, 2015 05:00 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
  • Gone but not forgotten

    Reviving Central Asia's dead sea

    ARALSK, Kazakhstan/BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- The wreckage of an old fishing vessel in the dry bay of Zhalanash, Kazakhstan, groans as a hot summer wind blows through its trembling remains. In its final journey, the ship was bound for the nearby port of

    September 29, 2015 09:00 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    Asia should stay focused on unsolved migrant dilemmas

    People are on the move across Southeast Asia, fleeing misery and violence. Just as Europe has become a favored destination for the hundreds of thousands fleeing war-torn Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, so Muslim minorities from the eastern and western

    September 27, 2015 11:30 pm JST
  • Capturing mining-sector demand

    Mongolia's Golomt Financial diving into equipment leasing

    TOKYO -- Mongolian lending giant Golomt Financial Group will expand into the leasing business in response to surging domestic demand for industrial equipment. The company will set up a unit by year-end to handle the capital leasing operation, wh

    September 25, 2015 02:00 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
  • To see what China's military parade represents, look at the guest list

    BEIJING -- National events, particularly those that aim to bring prestige to authoritarian regimes, have long been a good way of understanding political realities. The massive military parade held by China's Communist Party leadership in central Bei

    September 24, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Hitting the Silk Road

    Abe plans 5-nation Central Asia trip Oct. 22-28

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a historic five-nation tour of Central Asia next month in an apparent countermove to Russian and Chinese plays for influence in the energy-rich region. Tokyo is finalizing an itinerary spanning Turkme

    September 17, 2015 01:30 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