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  • Ex-head of Mongolian development bank arrested

    ULAANBAATAR -- A former chief executive of the Development Bank of Mongolia has been arrested Tuesday on suspicion of wrongly channelling money from the country's sovereign debt fund, a spokeswoman from the country's Independent Authority against Co

    October 15, 2016 01:30 am JST
  • Corporate culture, housework block women from the boardroom

    In the West, promoting women to management posts has become commonplace. In France, for example, the law requires that women comprise 40% of company boards. So how does Asia stack up?In a survey conducted by the International Labor Organization cove

    October 13, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Rainer Michael Preiss: What the IMF's return means for Mongolia

    The story of Mongolia's relationship with the International Monetary Fund is a tale of geopolitics, local greed, mismanagement and uneasy ties with Chinese and Western investors. The return of the IMF to Ulaanbaatar is a harsh wake-up call for Mongo

    October 13, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Rainer Michael Preiss

    What the IMF's return means for Mongolia

    The story of Mongolia's relationship with the International Monetary Fund is a tale of geopolitics, local greed, mismanagement and uneasy ties with Chinese and Western investors. The return of the IMF to Ulaanbaatar is a harsh wake-up call for Mongo

    October 12, 2016 08:30 pm JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma

    Winds of change in South Asia as Russia draws closer to Pakistan

    Foreign policy realignments are taking place in South Asia as new geopolitical considerations are pushing Pakistan and India toward the major powers that were their rivals during the Cold War. India had a close relationship with the erstwhile Soviet

    October 11, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Rulers tighten their grips on resource-rich ex-Soviet nations

    ISTANBUL -- Leaders of former Soviet-bloc nations near the Caspian Sea are tightening their grip on power as well as the wealth generated through rich resource reserves, paving the way for lifelong rule and for their children to eventually take over

    October 8, 2016 06:05 am JST
  • Russia may boost oil output despite OPEC accord

    TOKYO -- Russia, a leading oil producer, may boost output even after OPEC unexpectedly reached an agreement to reduce production at its meeting in Algeria on Sept. 28.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, who canceled his scheduled appearance at

    October 6, 2016 05:00 pm JST
  • Fragile Kazakhstan struggles for economic growth

    ASTANA -- Kazakhstan's glitzy capital yields few clues that the country is flirting with recession.The Ritz-Carlton group is set to open a luxurious hotel here this year, as will St. Regis in March 2017, and the Abu Dhabi Plaza is under construction

    October 5, 2016 12:40 pm JST
  • Mongolian herders turn to Soviet past to adapt to climate change

    IKH TAMIR, Mongolia -- There is a strong whiff of nostalgia for the old Soviet era among nomadic herders who -- long after Mongolia rejected its communist status in the early 1990s -- are adjusting to an increasingly threatened way of life on the va

    September 30, 2016 05:30 pm JST
  • 5th season of Afghan pro soccer brings hope to troubled nation

    KUALA LUMPUR August is a busy month for domestic soccer around the world. The English Premier League, Spain's La Liga and Germany's Bundesliga all kicked off their new seasons in the second half of the month. And so did the Afghan Premier League.De

    September 29, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • ADB sees Asian growth but warns of downside risks ahead

    HONG KONG - Despite its forecast of a 5.7% economic growth for Asia, the Asian Development Bank warned of downside risks in its latest report.ADB highlighted several perils that could derail economic development across the region in a report publish

    September 28, 2016 10:35 pm JST
  • Mongolians warming up to ATMs

    ULAANBAATAR -- As more Mongolians begin to settle in urban areas and open bank accounts, Japan-made ATMs are increasing their market share.Mongolia's Khan Bank, the nation's largest commercial bank, has installed 486 ATMs made by Hitachi-Omron Termi

    September 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Eileen Guo and Eugenia Lee: Afghanistan's 'sneakernet' provides offline access to digital content

    The crowded central market of Kota-e-Sangi, in Kabul, is a place where you can buy anything -- fresh meat, fruit and vegetables; cheap goods from China and Pakistan; even an extra pair of hands from the day laborers who line the streets each morning

    September 22, 2016 12:00 pm JST
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    Guo and Lee -- The Taliban and the 'sneakernet'

    The crowded central market of Kota-e-Sangi, Kabul, is a place where you can buy anything -- fresh meat, fruit and vegetables; cheap goods from China and Pakistan; even an extra pair of hands from the day laborers who line the streets each morning.In

    September 17, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • AirBnB on the Mongolian steppe, where tech meets tourism

    TOV PROVINCE, Mongolia -- On the vast green Mongolian grasslands, something interesting is happening: Enterprising nomadic herders have started using AirBnB to reach out to a world beyond their pastures, promoting their humble yurts as accommodation

    September 16, 2016 05:00 pm JST
  • Global jihadi groups are adept social media practitioners

    BANGKOK The blood-soaked rise of the Islamic State group throws into lethal focus the convergence of terrorism and social media. More than any other terror group, IS has harnessed the potential of an immediately accessible worldwide network in the s

    September 15, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Kate Mallinson: The death of its longtime president will change little in Uzbekistan

    The announcement of the death of President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan after five bewildering days of official silence about his health evoked the passing of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1982 amid rumors that he had been dead for some time befor

    September 8, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Nigel Gould-Davies

    Why Karimov's succession matters

    The death of 78-year-old Uzbek President Islam Karimov marks the end of an era for Central Asia's most populous country. It also casts a spotlight on forces of change that will powerfully shape the wider region in the coming decades. There lies unde

    September 5, 2016 04:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhs stay home as economy spikes holiday plans

    ALMATY -- The curved open-air swimming pool at the Eight Lakes resort outside Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty is billed as the largest of its kind in the former Soviet Union, testifying to a penchant for grandeur in Central Asia's richest cou

    September 2, 2016 09:00 am JST
  • Commentary

    Kate Mallinson -- Uzbek regime won't be loosening up

    The unprecedented, candid revelations about the health of longstanding Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov after he reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage on Aug. 27 have sent shockwaves among observers of this closed and repressive country. Yet the

    September 2, 2016 01:30 am JST