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  • Pakistan keeps terrorists on the run and economy on a roll

    KARACHI -- Terrorism, corruption, misrule: Negative perceptions have dogged Pakistan for years. But thanks to sweeping operations by the army and a powerful paramilitary force, those perceptions may be becoming outdated, and businesses are taking no

    January 19, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Social good deeds and art come together in Bhutan

    THIMPHU In the mountain kingdom of Bhutan, where artistic endeavor is largely tied to traditional crafts, a studio set up by a group of volunteers has emerged as a flagship for contemporary art -- including challenging genres such as installations a

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Robert Templer: The Rohingya refugee crisis is taking its toll on Bangladesh's poorest

    From any vantage point in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, a landscape of human misery stretches to the horizon. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are now packed into bamboo and plastic shacks in one of the world's largest refugee camps --

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • In Bangladesh, the sewing and stitching run in high gear

    TOKYO -- In April 2013, an eight-story building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,000 people, many of them women making garments for well-known international brands. The tragedy did much to raise concerns over the poor working conditions in th

    January 17, 2018 02:45 pm JST
  • Myanmar and Bangladesh set 2-year goal for Rohingya return

    YANGON -- Myanmar and Bangladesh seek to repatriate the Rohingya villagers who have fled the Southeast Asian country within two years, the two governments agreed Tuesday, marking the first firm goal agreed to for resolving the refugee crisis.A state

    January 17, 2018 03:14 am JST
  • Private equity comes to Bhutan

    HONG KONG -- Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, but the Himalayan kingdom has a fundamental problem: Its private sector is relatively underdeveloped and starved for capital.The Asian Development Bank projects gross domestic prod

    January 16, 2018 05:42 pm JST
  • Myanmar steps up preparations for return of Rohingya refugees

    MAUNGDAW, Myanmar -- There was plenty of evidence of chaos and destruction on a recent visit to the village of Pan Taw Pyin in Maungdaw district, in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State. Heaps of smashed wood and ash lay scattered all around. Little mor

    January 15, 2018 09:09 pm JST
  • Lauren Compere

    Socially responsible Asian companies are a better bet

    Asia's leading economies were in the grip of the worst financial crisis in decades 20 years ago, with stock markets in the four so-called Tiger economies in freefall. At around the same time, investors elsewhere were taking the first steps to integr

    January 15, 2018 11:30 am JST
  • Turkey steps up arms sales to South and Southeast Asia

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey is stepping up defense industry exports to South and Southeast Asian countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in a drive to diversify beyond traditional customers in the Middle East, Central Asia and the

    January 12, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Water shortages pose a threat to Asia's peace and stability

    In recent weeks, one of the most pristine Himalayan rivers has mysteriously turned black when entering India from Tibet, highlighting how China's upstream tunneling, damming and mining activities might be causing major environmental contamination. T

    January 11, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Russia seeks new gas markets in South Asia as sanctions bite

    NEW DELHI -- Under pressure from European and U.S. economic sanctions, Russia is turning to South Asia for new customers to buy its natural gas. Projects include the construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas across Pakistan, and a plan to co-d

    January 8, 2018 10:58 pm JST
  • Japan, Sri Lanka affirm maritime, security cooperation

    COLOMBO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Sri Lankan counterpart Tilak Marapana agreed Friday in Colombo to strengthen bilateral maritime, security and defense cooperation.Sri Lanka lies near sea lanes in the Indian Ocean that a

    January 5, 2018 10:46 pm JST
  • Pakistan criticises 'shifting goalposts' after US aid suspension

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- Pakistan said on Friday U.S. "arbitrary deadlines" and its shifting of goalposts were counterproductive to defeating common security threats in the region after the United States slashed aid to Pakistan."We are engaged with th

    January 5, 2018 09:44 pm JST
  • US suspending more than $255m in security aid to Pakistan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan, which one official said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.T

    January 5, 2018 07:15 am JST
  • US places Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for "severe violations of religious freedom," it said on Thursday, days after the White House said Islamabad would have to do more to combat terrorism to r

    January 5, 2018 02:41 am JST
  • Maldives tests India's foreign policy 'red lines'

    COLOMBO - In mid-December, K.C. Singh, a former head of India's external affairs ministry, criticized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged slackness in setting the parameters that shape the country's ties with its smaller neighbors. In In

    January 2, 2018 03:25 pm JST
  • Robert Templer

    Rohingya crisis highlights risk of 'weaponizing' refugee flows

    From any vantage point in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, a landscape of human misery stretches to the horizon. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are now packed into bamboo and plastic shacks in one of the world's largest refugee camps --

    December 31, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Pakistani army behind deadly November protests, critics charge

    NEW DELHI -- In Pakistan, the military is as powerful as the three branches of government, in many ways more so.On Dec. 19, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the army chief of staff, gave a lengthy speech at a Senate committee session in parliament. He was th

    December 31, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    Water shortages could trigger Asia conflicts

    In recent weeks, one of the most pristine Himalayan rivers has mysteriously turned black when entering India from Tibet, highlighting how China's upstream tunneling, damming and mining activities might be causing major environmental contamination. T

    December 30, 2017 09:05 pm JST
  • Asia in pictures 2017

    A year of missiles, murder, mourning and Trump

    TOKYO -- Having witnessed the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the Rohingya refugee crisis and high profile scandals at some of the world's largest companies, it has been a tumultuous year for Asia. Here is a look back at the most striking images of 2

    December 28, 2017 07:45 pm JST