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  • China says Myanmar, Bangladesh back its Rohingya proposal

    BEIJING (AP) -- China's foreign ministry on Monday said Myanmar and Bangladesh have endorsed its call for a negotiated resolution of the Rohingya refugee crisis.Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that a three-stage solution proposed b

    November 21, 2017 01:16 am JST
  • Bangladeshi companies rush overseas as Dhaka relaxes rules

    DHAKA -- Until recently, outward investment was something corporate Bangladesh could only dream about. But a loosening of government controls has prompted a raft of proposals for overseas expansion as companies seek to diversify earnings.In October,

    November 17, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Sri Lankan hub dealings pit China against India

    COLOMBO At the eerily quiet Mattala Airport, on the forested southern coast of Sri Lanka, a battle between Asian superpowers is unfolding.Few outside the country have heard of Mattala, and only one airline has been using the airport, located in Hamb

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan contractors chase LNG terminal orders in fuel-thirsty Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese energy companies are going after contracts to develop and run liquefied natural gas terminals in Asian markets.JFE Engineering is set to participate in a project to run an LNG-receiving terminal in Indonesia. It will partner with a

    November 14, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • Nepali speaks on 1st visit to Japan after wrongly jailed for 15 years

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Nepalese man who spent 15 years in jail in Japan after being wrongfully convicted of murder has thanked supporters who campaigned for him on his first return to the country since his release in 2012.Govinda Prasad Mainali, a forme

    November 12, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • Asia's top economies lose ground on gender equality

    TOKYO Asia's largest economies dropped in the World Economic Forum's latest gender equality ranking, announced on Nov. 2, with India falling 21 places to 108th.The Global Gender Gap Index shows that while the region has become a major driver of the

    November 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • India and China flex muscles over Sri Lankan hub

    COLOMBO -- At the eerily quiet Mattala Airport, on the forested southern coast of Sri Lanka, a battle between Asian superpowers is unfolding.Few outside the country have heard of Mattala, and only one airline has been using the airport, located in H

    November 6, 2017 01:45 pm JST
  • Nepal takes a central role in China-India gold smuggling

    KATHMANDU The silver car drove through hairpin turns for more than 100km along the landslide-prone mountain road from Nepal's northern border with Tibet to Kathmandu, arriving in the capital just before midnight on Sept. 3. Hidden in the trunk was a

    November 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • India plunges to 108th in gender equality ranking

    TOKYO -- Asia's largest economies dropped in the World Economic Forum's latest gender equality ranking, announced on Thursday, with India falling 21 places to 108th.The new Global Gender Gap Index shows that while the region has become a major drive

    November 2, 2017 08:05 am JST
  • Anthony Rowley

    China's BRI could be administrative nightmare

    A kind of new "Wild West" is opening up for China in Central Asia and beyond as Beijing pursues its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative across Eurasia. Policing this vast project may require a "sheriff" in the shape of a new multilateral institution.

    October 31, 2017 10:47 am JST
  • Tensions over Rohingya return highlight donor dilemmas

    SITTWE/YANGON -- Moves by Myanmar government officials to rezone and redistribute land previously occupied by Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State suggest that plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh are

    October 27, 2017 11:49 pm JST
  • Thailand's long farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    BANGKOK -- Thailand moved into a crucial part of its protracted final farewell to the much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej when the actual cremation ceremony began at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday in a massive specially built crematorium in front of the Gra

    October 26, 2017 10:55 pm JST
  • From domestic slavery to international activism

    TOKYO Rajkumari Chaudhari was only 9 when she started working as a domestic helper for a wealthy family in the Kanchanpur District in the west of Nepal. Her father died when she was 5 and with the family struggling to make ends meet, she was sent ou

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Jonathan Hillman: How to acquire territory -- it's not like buying Alaska anymore

    It was an epic swindling or a strategic bargain, depending on who you ask. When the U.S. took possession of Alaska from Russia on Oct. 18, 150 years ago, it paid less than two cents an acre. Some economists have dubbed it a losing investment, while

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • No deal yet for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Negotiations appear to have stalled on repatriating the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, with the two countries making little headway Tuesday in their second ministerial meeting.B

    October 25, 2017 04:56 am JST
  • In Rohingya crisis, Myanmar again finds a best friend in China

    YANGON -- Condemned worldwide for the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Myanmar and its public are warming to China, an old ally."We don't care about the U.S., because China is building a closer relationship with Myanmar," said the operat

    October 22, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh cattle herds surge as India curbs smuggling

    DHAKA -- Moves by the Modi government in India to crack down on the country's previously strong beef industry in the name of protecting cows, holy to Hindus, have given new life to the sector in neighboring Bangladesh.Until recently, the porous bord

    October 21, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Pakistani anti-corruption court indicts ousted PM Sharif and daughter

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties, pressing charges over accusations that could see the former

    October 19, 2017 05:49 pm JST
  • Rohingya repatriation may begin soon -- but it will be slow

    NAYPYITAW Myanmar plans to begin letting Rohingya Muslims who fled to neighboring Bangladesh during a military crackdown back into the country as early as November, but at a glacial pace that would not see the process completed for nearly a decade.W

    October 19, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia: This year's Nobel Peace Prize highlights Asia's nuclear headache

    The award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a pat on the back for transnational activists striving for a world free of atomic bombs. ICAN's fervent advocacy for the disarmament of the nine coun

    October 19, 2017 10:00 am JST