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  • Bhutan growth soars amid hydropower building boom

    THIMPHU -- Sustained investment in hydropower is pushing economic growth in the small and isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to new heights. This year the landlocked nation, which built its first modern road in the 1960s, is poised to post Asia's

    August 17, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • South Asian literary duel highlights festival boom

    LONDON -- On either side of the River Thames, two nations often in conflict were recently unified by a single topic, with simultaneous panels sharing stories of the event that gave birth to both: the partition of British India into India and Pakista

    August 16, 2017 12:08 pm JST
  • Pakistan's new PM charges ahead with reforms

    TOKYO -- Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi -- successor to Nawaz Sharif, who was recently removed by the Supreme Court in connection with the "Panama Papers" -- is charging ahead with economic reforms.As soon as he became chairman of the

    August 16, 2017 08:12 am JST
  • 52 dead, 37 missing in Nepal floods, landslides

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- The death toll in rain-induced disasters since Friday night in Nepal's southern flatlands has risen to 52 with 37 people missing, the Home Ministry said Sunday."Twenty-two additional people died Sunday," Krishna Bahadur Raut, ch

    August 14, 2017 05:07 am JST
  • Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

    COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka's foreign minister resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in an investigation of alleged irregularities in government bond sales, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.The resignation of Ravi Karunanay

    August 12, 2017 04:44 pm JST
  • Former Maoist fighters turn swords to plowshares in Nepal

    KATHMANDU -- Tucked away on a ridge above a recently transplanted paddy field is Ritu Mausami Krishi Udhyog, a vegetable farm on the southern rim of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Spread over about 6,000 sq. meters in Dhapakhel, a village on the outskirt

    August 10, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Riyadh playing strongman threatens dream of 'Middle East NATO'

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia seeks to lead a NATO-style security alliance in the Middle East to combat extremist groups like the Islamic State, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump. But many fear that this effort to stabilize the region may ins

    August 10, 2017 12:49 pm JST
  • Arif Rafiq: Pakistan faces uncertainty as Sharif again gets ousted

    Pakistan's three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been removed from office for a fourth time -- a fate all too common for civilian leaders in a country that has been ruled by the military for almost half of its 70-year existence.Sharif was evict

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh power giant wants $1bn to fund expansion drive

    SINGAPORE -- Bangladesh's largest conglomerate, Summit Group, wants to raise at least a billion dollars on the international capital markets over the next two to four years to fund the expansion of its power business at home and abroad. Central to t

    August 9, 2017 12:11 am JST
  • China seen as blinking while impasse with India continues

    TOKYO -- Jingoistic frustrations surrounding the extended military standoff between China and India in the Himalayas threaten to undermine the influence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who himself rose to power amid a nationalistic wave five years

    August 3, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Sweet or bitter: The 'tea train' evokes colonial legacy

    Just as the Sri Lankan capital stirs, the Podi Menike, or Little Maiden, creaks and groans as it pulls out of Colombo Fort Station. The train is bound for Badulla, 290km away at the southeastern edge of the island's hill country. The 5:55 Menike was

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Ousted Pakistani PM taps his brother as his replacement

    ISLAMABAD Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province, is expected to replace his ousted elder brother as prime minister in a transition that could calm investor jitters ahead of a scheduled general election in 20

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sweet or bitter: The 'tea train' and the colonial legacy

    Just as the Sri Lankan capital stirs, the Podi Menike, or Little Maiden, creaks and groans as it pulls out of Colombo Fort Station. The train is bound for Badulla, 290km away at the southeastern edge of the island's hill country. The 5:55 Menike was

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Shahbaz Sharif could prove a dynamic Pakistani leader

    In turning to his younger brother Shahbaz as his choice to become the face of his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party and of Pakistan, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is embracing an obvious choice. Many observers have long seen the younger sibl

    August 2, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Arif Rafiq

    Sharif ouster brings fresh uncertainty to Pakistan

    Pakistan's three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been removed from office for a fourth time -- a fate all too common for civilian leaders in a country that has been ruled by the military for almost half of its 70-year existence.Sharif was evict

    July 31, 2017 03:56 pm JST
  • Troops surround Maldives parliament to protect president

    BANGKOK -- The 85-member parliament in the Maldives, a necklace of islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean, has come to resemble a military camp. On July 24, troops were deployed to stop opposition parliamentarians entering the legislature. Lawmakers

    July 30, 2017 07:29 pm JST
  • Pakistani parliament to elect new PM on Tuesday

    ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's parliament will meet Tuesday to elect a new prime minister after the disqualification of three-term prime minister Nawaz Sharif.Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party, which enjoys a comfortable majority in parliament, no

    July 30, 2017 05:37 pm JST
  • Ousted prime minister's brother set to take reins of power in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD -- Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan's largest province, is expected to replace his ousted elder brother Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan's prime minister in a power transition that could calm investor jitters ahead of a sched

    July 30, 2017 01:53 pm JST
  • Japan consortium to build power station, port in Bangladesh

    TOKYO -- A consortium comprising five Japanese companies, including trader Sumitomo Corp., IHI, Toshiba and Penta-Ocean Construction, will build an advanced coal-fired power plant and a port in Bangladesh.The Japan International Cooperation Agency w

    July 30, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Unilever sees growth in bottom and top of Asian economic pyramid

    TOKYO/YANGON/MUMBAI -- At a small shop tucked into a residential neighborhood of Yangon, one peculiar set of items has emerged as a hit seller among the snacks and household staples on offer: single-use pouches of Unilever shampoo, which dangle from

    July 29, 2017 02:30 pm JST