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  • Ebola in India

    Officials look to strengthen defenses after 'survivor' isolated

    NEW DELHI -- An Indian man who was treated and "cured" of Ebola in Liberia has been quarantined upon his return home, after his semen tested positive for the virus. Although officials say they have contained the risk of this particular case, the cou

    November 20, 2014 10:02 am 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
  • Islamic bonds gain global momentum

    LONDON -- Islamic finance is spreading beyond its traditional strongholds in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Worldwide issuance of sukuk -- bondlike instruments that respect the religion's ban on interest -- is projected to reach the second-high

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • G-20 leaders vow to tackle Ebola impact on global economy

    BRISBANE, Australia (Kyodo) -- Leaders from the Group of 20 economies issued a statement Saturday pledging to fight the Ebola pandemic, a move suggesting they see the outbreak in West Africa as a serious downside risk to the world economy. The s

    November 15, 2014 06:30 pm JST
  • Chinese regional jet takes flight, but future remains unclear

    ZHUHAI, China -- China's first homegrown passenger jet took to the skies at an air show this week, but with most of the demand coming from China itself, it's unknown whether the plane can find success in the global market. The state-owned Commer

    November 15, 2014 07:36 am JST
  • Ebola deaths top 5,000, up by 1,000 in one month: U.N. agency

    GENEVA (Kyodo) --The number of Ebola cases in the outbreak centered on West Africa reached 14,098 in eight countries, with the death toll hitting 5,160, up by around 1,000 in one month, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The U.N. heal

    November 13, 2014 10:12 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
  • Scientists slowly unmasking Ebola

    TOKYO -- Researchers are starting to get a better read on the Ebola virus, the deadly hemorrhagic fever that continues to plague West Africa. The good news: The prevailing view is that the infectiousness of the virus, or the ease with which it s

    November 11, 2014 07:00 pm 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
  • Japan to provide new aid of up to $100M to Ebola-hit West Africa

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will provide up to $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government said Friday. The aid comes on top of $40 million Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at the U.N. General Assembl

    November 7, 2014 11:38 am 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
  • Isuzu's first-half profit seen down 14%

    TOKYO -- Isuzu Motors likely beat forecasts for the April-September half, with group operating profit totaling an estimated 78 billion yen ($709 million) or so, down 14% on the year but 8 billion yen above guidance, on strong sales in Japan, the Mid

    October 31, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Ebola causes stir in global medical community

    TOKYO -- In Liberia, which has the highest number of reported Ebola infections, hospitals are essentially off-limits to all but patients and medical staff. For news organizations there, the severity of the situation is difficult to gauge. In lie

    October 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Currencies of emerging economies face uncertain future

    Speculators are becoming cautious about buying high-yield, emerging-market currencies as the U.S. prepares to end its quantitative easing program. Buying of these currencies, which had been popular among individual investors in the rich world, a

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic bonds gain global momentum

    LONDON -- Islamic finance is spreading beyond its traditional strongholds in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Worldwide issuance of sukuk -- bondlike instruments that respect the religion's ban on interest -- is projected to reach the second-high

    October 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan and India team up to tap into Africa

    TOKYO -- Japan is partnering up with India to help Japanese companies set up in Africa. High-level government officials from the two countries will meet in India next month to discuss the plan. Africa's eastern and southern regions have a de

    October 29, 2014 02:30 pm JST
  • Urgent action crucial to contain Ebola

    TOKYO -- The deadly Ebola virus, which first erupted in Africa, has reached the U.S. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama reprimanded officials for their botched handling of the ongoing crisis. On Oct. 8, Thomas Duncan, 42, who was inf

    October 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tests find no Ebola for suspected case in Japan

    TOKYO -- A 45-year-old man who arrived at Haneda Airport with a fever Monday after traveling from West Africa has tested negative for the Ebola virus, Japan's Health Ministry said Tuesday. The man was transported to Tokyo's National Center for G

    October 28, 2014 06:23 am JST