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  • Karl Kaltenthaler

    Mullah Omar's death will set back peace

    On July 30, the Afghan Taliban officially confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the movement's reclusive leader. The confirmation comes two years after Mullah Omar died. According to Pakistani and Afghan news reports, Mullah Omar died of

    July 31, 2015 09:40 pm JST
  • Winter Olympics

    Kazakh bid touts budget-friendly games -- and real snow

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Only a few of the mountain peaks to the south of Almaty bear traces of snow now. Temperatures are well over 30 C in Kazakhstan's largest city, and hiking through the abundant greenery of the Tian Shan mountains, not skiing and

    July 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Greek drama presents moral lesson for developing Asia

    The Greek crisis highlights the emerging reality that established international institutions and power structures dating back to the second half of the 20th century are no longer capable of dealing with global demands and expectations. For Asia, thi

    July 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalized a deal on Friday to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment. The

    July 24, 2015 01:12 pm JST
  • Hot, dry and desperate

    El Nino should have faded out in spring, but it now looks like the world's most formidable "little boy" will hang around his Pacific playground through autumn. The weather phenomenon is causing deadly heat waves in South Asia, while Southeast As

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Water (problems), water (problems) everywhere

    The centrality of water is a recurring theme in various religions. The Bible -- largely written amid water scarcity -- associates drought with the wrath of God. "By means of water," says the Quran, "we give life to everything." Hindu gods and goddes

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Rio Tinto cranks up Mongolia mine as copper plummets

    BANGKOK -- Mining giant Rio Tinto finally got some long-sought relief in May on one of its most adventurous and expensive projects, the $10 billion-plus Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Faced with a choice of scrapping

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Commodities eye

    Rio Tinto cranks up Mongolia mine as copper plummets

    BANGKOK -- Mining giant Rio Tinto finally got some long-sought relief in May on one of its most adventurous and expensive projects, the $10 billion-plus Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Faced with a choice of scrapping

    July 21, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Bad omens

    Global market turbulence is a wake-up call

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 19, 2015 09:30 pm JST
  • Finance-oriented startups set to rattle old-fashioned banking

    TOKYO -- Startups providing financial services via the Internet have achieved strong growth in the U.S. and around the world in recent years. Many believe this emerging industry, recently referred to as fintech, will go on to become a major provider

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Storm clouds on the economic horizon

    Uncertainty has engulfed the global financial markets. After stocks plunged in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Chinese authorities are taking drastic -- some say ill-advised -- measures to reinflate prices. The eurozone remains exposed to grave risks st

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Little to cheer in the global economy

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Afghan government, Taliban agree to keep talking

    UFA, Russia -- Representatives of the Afghan government held talks with members of the Taliban insurgency July 7 near Islamabad, with both sides agreeing to meet again, according to the Pakistani government. Afghanistan has been plagued by fight

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Growing Chinese involvement

    Afghan government, Taliban agree to continue peace talks

    UFA, Russia -- Afghanistan held talks with the Taliban on Tuesday near Islamabad, with both sides agreeing to meet again, according to the Pakistani government. Afghanistan has been plagued by chaos for over 13 years, and the talks have raised h

    July 8, 2015 11:16 pm 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Power play

    Russia plots military buildup in Central Asia as counterweight to China

    MOSCOW -- Russia will enlarge its military presence in Central Asia to try to set the security agenda in a region where China is projecting economic power. Russia seeks to put itself on an equal footing with China as an opposing force to the Gro

    June 13, 2015 03:06 am JST