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    Bangladesh minister rebuts Suu Kyi arguments on Rohingya

    DHAKA -- The United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations could have -- and should have -- intervened to prevent the "absolutely unprecedented" Rohingya refugee crisis, Bangladesh's state minister of foreign affairs said in an exclu

    September 22, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Myanmar moves to stave off credit crunch

    NAPYITAW -- Myanmar's banking system is facing tough new regulations that could take more than $1 billion worth of local currency out of circulation, severely curtail lending and badly hurt the economy if a tight compliance deadline is not eased, se

    September 22, 2017 03:55 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    The dilemma facing Aung San Suu Kyi

    The speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, on Sept. 19 in which she promised immediate action on the continuing Rohingya crisis while defending her government's response reflected her problems instead of offering hope of serious chan

    September 22, 2017 10:32 am JST
  • Asia will be home to 60% of world's elderly by 2030s: Deloitte

    SINGAPORE -- Some 60% of the world's population of people over 65 years old will live in Asia by 2030, causing a number of economies in the region to face demographic challenges before they get rich enough, according to a recent report by consultanc

    September 21, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: UN-led labor rights are under threat around the world

    Six years ago, the United Nations published its first set of corporate governance standards aimed at curbing human rights abuses in international supply chains. On Sept. 21, the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York, bringing together leade

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian: ASEAN can act as a bridge for the two Koreas

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties with both Koreas.North Korea appears well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. As the wo

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: Myanmar must end persecution of the Rohingya now

    Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims are living in the midst of a crisis. As a consequence of recent armed clashes between Rohingya insurgents and the Myanmar military, more than 400,000 Rohingya people have been forced to flee into neighboring Bangl

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies, points to broader investigations

    NAYPYITAW -- Myanmar's de facto leader and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has signaled determination to address the criticisms of her government's handling of the refugee crisis engulfing the country's western Rakhine State while stepping up econo

    September 21, 2017 12:38 am JST
  • Myanmar's neighbors cold-shoulder Suu Kyi's address

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Asian countries have continued to call on Myanmar to take immediate action to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis. Their demand came after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on Tuesday, in which she promised to re-ad

    September 20, 2017 06:24 pm JST
  • Japan to offer $4m to help Rohingya refugees

    NEW YORK -- Japan plans to offer up to $4 million to help the Rohingya, Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters here on Tuesday.The emergency aid, to be provided within days, will be given to the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the latter o

    September 20, 2017 01:14 pm JST
  • Aung San Suu Kyi speaks, but does the world believe her?

    NAYPYITAW -- The staging of two very different meetings in the gleaming, Chinese-built convention center in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw, on Tuesday highlighted an incongruous disconnect over the escalating refugee crisis in western Rakhine state an

    September 19, 2017 10:56 pm JST
  • Malaysian telecom tower operator ups ante in South Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Telecommunications tower operator edotco Group sees potential in less developed markets in South and Southeast Asia and is targeting countries with low mobile penetration.The group is seeking growth by strengthening its foothold in t

    September 19, 2017 10:28 pm JST
  • Myanmar ready to begin refugee verification process: Suu Kyi

    NAYPYITAW -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned all human rights violations in the state of Rakhine in the west of the country, adding that the government is ready to begin a national verification process of refugees who

    September 19, 2017 05:59 pm JST
  • China says supports Myanmar efforts to protect security

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China supports efforts by the Myanmar government to protect its national security and opposes recent violent attacks in the country's Rakhine state, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.W

    September 19, 2017 12:05 pm JST
  • ASEAN seeks strong Japanese presence in Asia to counter China

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi -- his closest political friend in Asia -- for the tenth time. The two, both conservative politicians, became good friends about a decade ago, when Modi

    September 19, 2017 08:15 am JST
  • Western powers urge Myanmar's Suu Kyi to push for end to violence

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims, while her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the pr

    September 19, 2017 06:52 am JST
  • US urges Myanmar to stop offensive, allow civilians to return

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United States urged the Myanmar government on Monday to end military operations in Rakhine state, grant humanitarian access, and commit to aiding the safe return of civilians to their homes, said U.S. Ambassador to th

    September 19, 2017 06:47 am JST
  • Myanmar's foreign investment weathers 'ethnic cleansing' accusations

    NAYPYITAW -- In a bright, well-carpeted conference hall in Naypyitaw -- Myanmar's sprawling capital built by the former military government -- more than 1,000 investors and business executives gathered earlier this week for the annual Euromoney Myan

    September 15, 2017 08:48 pm JST
  • US needs to shift North Korea policy to deterrence: expert

    SINGAPORE -- The latest sanctions on North Korea agreed at the United Nations Security Council are important, but not sufficient to stop Kim Jong Un's ambition to make his country a nuclear-armed state, a prominent political expert said in an interv

    September 15, 2017 04:46 pm JST
  • UN seeks 'massive' help for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar 'ethnic cleansing'

    DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) -- The United Nations appealed on Thursday for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce

    September 15, 2017 04:02 am JST