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  • 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
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    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
  • Hopes high as Afghan soccer league kicks off

    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.

    September 1, 2016 11:00 am JST
  • Islamic State under pressure in Afghanistan

    BISHKEK -- The strength and influence of Islamic State appear to be under pressure in Afghanistan, despite a deadly suicide bomb attack by an offshoot of the group in Kabul in July that killed 80 people and injured 231.The IS offshoot, which calls i

    August 31, 2016 04:30 pm JST
  • Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit in suicide bombing

    BISHKEK -- A suicide bomber drove a car into the gates of China's embassy in the capital of Kyrgyzstan Tuesday morning, killing the driver and injuring three employees.Kyrgyz authorities called it a "terrorist" attack. The injured, two of whom are s

    August 30, 2016 06:52 pm JST
  • Rainer Michael Preiss -- It's not clear sailing yet, but the worst may be over for Mongolia

    Most people know Mongolia in the context of Genghis Khan and the history of how one extraordinary man created an empire that would help shape world history. More recently, investors know it as the onetime darling of the global mining industry and a

    August 25, 2016 12:00 pm JST
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    Rainer Michael Preiss -- Bottom nears for Mongolia

    Most investors know about Mongolia in the context of Genghis Khan and the startling history of how one extraordinary man from a remote corner of the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age.More recently, Mongolia was the darli

    August 23, 2016 02:30 pm JST
  • Mongolia raises interest rate to 15% to fight currency slide

    Mongolia hikes up interest rates to a record level of 15%.

    DALIAN, China -- Mongolia's central bank has lifted the country's key interest rate by 4.5 percentage points to 15% in a desperate move to halt the home currency's decline amid capital flight triggered by plunging resource prices.Thursday's hike cam

    August 20, 2016 06:15 am JST
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    Raj Kumar Sharma -- Afghan uncertainty has Russia hedging its bets

    Afghanistan became Russia's neighbor in the second half of the 19th century when the Central Asian landmass came under the rule of the Czarist empire. Ever since, developments in Afghanistan have had security implications for Moscow.In its Foreign P

    August 2, 2016 03:50 pm JST
  • Energy majors look to Asia-Pacific for growth

    FRANKFURT, Germany/NEW YORK -- American and European energy giants have begun pouring money into the Asia-Pacific region to tap a growing market, especially as crude prices show signs of a modest recovery.Exxon Mobil of the U.S. announced July 21 th

    August 1, 2016 03:30 am JST
  • Abdication is not all that unusual in Asia

    BANGKOK Even before Imperial household sources revealed on July 13 that Japan's Emperor Akihito has contemplated vacating the throne within his lifetime, abdication was by no means unheard of in Asia.Bhutan and Cambodia have both seen painless abdic

    July 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEM delegates ask Beijing to play by the rules

    ULAANBAATAR Leaders from 51 Asian and European countries agreed to uphold a "rules-based" global order on July 16, at the end of a summit intended to focus on economic cooperation but dominated by discussion of geopolitical tensions and terrorism."A

    July 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEM affirms 'rules-based' order after South China Sea ruling

    ULAANBAATAR -- Leaders from 51 Asian and European countries agreed to uphold a "rules-based" global order on Saturday at the end of a summit intended to focus on economic cooperation but dominated by discussion on geopolitical tensions and terrorism

    July 16, 2016 09:09 pm JST