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  • Nepali voters choose left alliance in rebuke to India

    KATHMANDU -- Even before the final count is in, supporters of Nepal's communist coalition sniffed victory in a landmark election held over two stages, on Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, and have begun celebrating. The sound of drums echoed in a historic corner

    December 15, 2017 09:38 pm JST
  • Rohingya death toll in Myanmar attacks tops 6,700, aid group says

    NEW YORK -- More than 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed from Aug. 25 through Sept. 24 during the Myanmar military's attacks in northern Rakhine State, the medical nonprofit Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres estimates in a report Thur

    December 15, 2017 07:31 am JST
  • Trump's Jerusalem move sparks a backlash in Southeast Asia

    JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked protests and condemnation in Southeast Asian countries with large Muslim populations.In Jakarta, demonstrators on Dec. 11 burned

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia's Muslim nations want East Jerusalem seen as Palestinian capital

    SINGAPORE -- Reacting to the U.S. move last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Muslim-majority countries in Asia have joined fresh calls for wider recognition of an independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.Speaking in I

    December 14, 2017 03:36 am JST
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    Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN's growth

    YANGON/JAKARTA -- With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jak

    December 13, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • Ugly social media wars fueling intolerance in Asia

    JAKARTA/YANGON -- An ugly new campaign against Muslims in Myanmar began around 2012 via social media, led by Buddhist supremacists and other anti-Muslim groups employing highly targeted attacks. One tactic involved posting photographs and addresses

    December 13, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • K. Anis Ahmed

    Bangladesh faces growing strain in Rohingya crisis

    The numbers continue to rise. Over 640,000 mainly stateless Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's western Rakhine state have fled on foot since late August to escape mass killing, arson and rape by the Burmese military.They join several hundred thousand w

    December 13, 2017 12:54 pm JST
  • UN official urges accountability for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    UNITED NATIONS -- The international community must take "swift and serious action" in response to the "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the U.N. envoy on sexual violence in conflict told Security Council members Tuesday."Over the cou

    December 13, 2017 07:30 am JST
  • Philippine lender hurls allegations at Bangladeshi central bank

    MANILA -- Rizal Commercial Banking has turned the tables on Bangladesh Bank, which is planning to sue the Philippine lender for enabling cyberthieves to get away with $81 million from it early last year.In a defiant statement on Tueday, RCBC said th

    December 12, 2017 03:05 pm JST
  • Nepal's Oli, most likely next PM, wins parliament seat

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Former Nepali prime minister K.P. Oli on Sunday looked set for a return to power after winning his seat in parliament and his Communist UML party and Maoist allies on course to win a majority.Counting is still under way follow

    December 11, 2017 09:10 am JST
  • China-Maldives trade pact catches India off guard

    KATHMANDU -- While India's political establishment was focused on Nepal's landmark election on Thursday, China was busy wrapping up a free-trade agreement with the Maldives. The move represents a diplomatic setback for New Delhi, as Beijing expands

    December 8, 2017 07:46 pm JST
  • China warns of imminent attacks by 'terrorists' in Pakistan

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China on Friday warned its nationals in Pakistan of plans for a series of imminent "terrorist attacks" on Chinese targets there, an unusual alert as it pours funds into infrastructure projects into a country plagued by militancy

    December 8, 2017 07:28 pm JST
  • Japan closes in on infrastructure deal with Bangladesh

    TOKYO -- Japan has snagged preferential negotiating rights from the Bangladeshi government to build highways and other structures there under an exclusive arrangement.Tokyo seeks to capitalize on this and other opportunities to catch and surpass Chi

    December 8, 2017 07:49 am JST
  • Asia's Muslim leaders slam Trump's decision on Jerusalem

    TANGERANG, Indonesia -- Asian governments in countries with large Muslim populations condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy to the city, with the leaders of Indonesia and Mala

    December 7, 2017 04:49 pm JST
  • Pope Francis clears a new path for Christianity in Asia

    YANGON/TOKYO On the third day of his recent visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis entered the Kaba Aye Center, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Yangon, with his shoes off in accordance with local customs.There, he delivered a message: "For whe

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
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    Asia braces for the end of easy money

    TOKYO -- Visitors to the Royal Palace Park in Phnom Penh don't need to worry if they forget to bring wads of Cambodian riel with them -- all of the owners of the nearby food and drink stalls tell their customers to pay in U.S. dollars anyway. It is

    December 6, 2017 03:25 pm JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia

    India reaches out to Asia's heartlands

    The inauguration of the Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar, southeastern Iran, by President Hassan Rouhani this week is a landmark event for the country which has sought to develop it since the time of the last Shah in the 1970s.To Iran, which aims to

    December 5, 2017 12:21 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Pope Francis clearing new path for Christianity in Asia

    YANGON/TOKYO -- On the third day of his recent visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis entered the Kaba Aye Center, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Yangon, with his shoes off in accordance with local customs.There, he delivered a message: "For

    December 5, 2017 12:15 pm JST
  • Willem H. Buiter

    The case for getting rid of high-denomination bank notes

    I previously discussed the merits of going cashless to enable central banks, including the Bank of Japan, to set interest rates at more negative levels. While that may not happen any time soon, eliminating large denomination paper currency notes --

    December 4, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Pope visits Bangladesh orphans on last day of trip headlined by Rohingya crisis

    DHAKA (Reuters) -- Pope Francis visited a home in Dhaka founded by Mother Teresa for orphans, unwed mothers and destitute elderly on Saturday as he wrapped up his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.The pope, who leaves for Rome later on Saturday, was su

    December 2, 2017 06:02 pm JST