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  • Kamal Alam: Understanding the roots of Islamic State's funding

    Islamic State group militants appeared to transform from a small band of ragtag terrorists to a regional force overnight. Today, with strongholds in Syria and Iraq, the group continues evolving as U.S.-led forces try to weaken its grip on power.

    January 29, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam

    Islamic State's roots reveal how group lines its pockets

    Since its emergence, the Islamic State militant group has continued to evolve and improvise in ways that have left analysts at a loss to predict its next move. While most have compared it to such groups as Boko Haram, al-Qaida and even the Taliban,

    January 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Yergin: Crude's discount days are numbered

    WASHINGTON -- Crude oil prices will turn upward again next year as U.S. output declines, predicts energy expert Daniel Yergin. The author of "The Prize," a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the oil industry, Yergin serves as vice chairman of IHS, a

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Interview with Daniel Yergin

    Oil guru sees prices rebounding next year

    WASHINGTON -- The price of crude oil will turn upward again next year as U.S. output comes down, predicts energy expert Daniel Yergin. The author of "The Prize," a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the oil industry, Yergin serves as vice chairma

    January 17, 2015 05:22 am JST
  • Eurasia Group ranking

    Eurozone politics poses biggest risk in 2015

    NEW YORK -- The politics of Europe poses the greatest risk to the global community in 2015, according to an annual ranking released Monday by Eurasia Group, a leading U.S. political risk consultancy. Anti-European Union parties are expected to g

    January 6, 2015 07:41 am JST
  • Emerging global risks

    Ebola, terrorism and the return on capital

    In 2014, Russo-U.S. ties soured, the extremist Islamic State group turned terrorism uglier, and Ebola killed thousands and frightened millions. These and other threats appeared quickly and sent ripples far and wide. Russia is heavily involved in

    December 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining

    Asia should focus on its own 'pivot to Asia'

    Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the U.S. and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has

    December 12, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Carbon -- a versatile gift from nature

    Carbon is available in many different forms: carbon dioxide, methane gas, coal, petroleum and natural gas. It is the active element of photosynthesis -- a key process for all living matter that combines water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to create u

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Declining crude prices

    Trouble ahead for autocracies that bank on oil reserves

    TOKYO -- There could be big trouble ahead for oil-producing autocracies. The sharp decline in international oil prices that has already battered their economies could weaken these governments' power bases. Flush with foreign currency earnings fr

    November 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • Oil exporters hit by falling crude prices, supply issues

    DUBAI -- Falling crude oil prices are threatening oil-reliant economies around the world, as the benchmark North Sea Brent price hovers at its lowest level in about four years. Crude oil prices have already fallen below fiscal break-even points for

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan, US affirm cooperation in fight against Islamic militants

    NEW YORK -- Japan's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed support for U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, offering humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing the Sunni militants who have terrorized the region. In a meeting here wit

    September 24, 2014 03:40 am JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST