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  • Trump implores South Asia to step up on Afghanistan

    NEW DELHI -- Unveiling a new strategy on Afghanistan that is thin on specifics, U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday leaned on Pakistan and India to do more to help the war-ravaged country defeat terrorist forces."We can no longer be silent about

    August 23, 2017 05:13 am JST
  • Trump commits to more troops in Afghanistan, vows 'fight to win'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump opened the door on Monday night to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan as part of a retooled strategy for the region, overcoming his own doubts about America's longest war and vowing "a fight to w

    August 22, 2017 11:47 am JST
  • Mongolian pasture degradation threatens cashmere industry

    NOMGON SOUM, Mongolia -- In the Mongolian Gobi Desert, Batchuluun's herd of more than 1,000 goats produces valuable cashmere wool that enables him to support a family of five in a traditional ger, or tent. It is equipped with solar panels, a TV and

    August 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Uzbekistan opens door to Central Asian integration

    KELES STATION, Uzbekistan -- A train pulls slowly out of Tashkent's shiny railway station, only to grind to a halt half an hour later at Keles, on the Uzbek side of the border with Kazakhstan."It will now stand idle here for an hour or so until Uzbe

    August 3, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Mongolians love their Prius hybrids

    ULAANBAATAR -- An authorized Toyota Motor dealership stands out along a road that takes us from an airport here to the city center.We stop at the Munkhada dealer for a look-see, and a service manager tells us matter-of-factly that the level of custo

    July 19, 2017 11:48 am JST
  • Mongolia's new president promises an economic shake-up

    ULAANBAATAR New Mongolian President Battulga Khaltmaa has promised an economic overhaul that could see the former communist state move away from neighboring China and closer to other world powers.Battulga, a member of the leading opposition Democrat

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • New Mongolian president promises pragmatic diplomacy

    ULAANBAATAR -- Mongolian President Battulga Khaltmaa's inaugural address Monday suggested a practical approach to foreign affairs, an area where the new leader could be aided by a former sumo grand champion whose name has surfaced as a potential adv

    July 11, 2017 05:27 am JST
  • Interview

    Ex-sumo champ wants to become bridge between Mongolia, Japan

    ULAANBAATAR -- A former sumo grand champion from Mongolia hopes to parlay his fame in Japan into closer relations between the two countries, a goal dovetailing with the new president's aim of diversifying a landlocked economy reliant on far larger n

    July 11, 2017 05:26 am JST
  • Mongolia's incoming President Battulga pledges economic balance

    ULAANBAATAR -- With Battulga Khaltmaa of Mongolia's leading opposition Democratic Party set to assume the presidency Monday, the former communist state could begin to significantly restructure its economy, reducing its reliance on neighboring China

    July 10, 2017 02:16 am JST
  • Mongolian opposition leader Battulga declares victory in presidential runoff

    ULAANBAATAR -- Battulga Khaltmaa, 54, of Mongolia's opposition Democratic Party, has declared victory in Friday's presidential runoff, thanking voters and pledging to work for development and national unity.Ahead of an official announcement from the

    July 8, 2017 03:58 pm JST
  • Mongolians return to polls in runoff presidential vote

    ULAANBAATAR -- Mongolia's two top finishers in last month's election are heading into the country's first-ever presidential runoff, with the outcome hinging on 30% of the voters who initially chose a third candidate.Battulga Khaltmaa of the leading

    July 7, 2017 02:44 am JST
  • Mongolian voters book a return trip to the polls

    ULAANBAATAR Mongolia is headed for the first runoff presidential election in its history, after all three candidates failed to secure an outright majority in voting on June 26.Battulga Khaltmaa of the leading opposition Democratic Party came in firs

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mongolia to hold runoff presidential election

    ULAANBAATAR -- Mongolia is headed for its first runoff presidential election in history after all three candidates failed to secure an outright majority in the Monday voting.Battulga Khaltmaa of the leading opposition Democratic Party came in first,

    June 27, 2017 06:49 am JST
  • Mongolian presidential election neck and neck

    ULAANBAATAR -- Mongolians will vote for a new president on Monday, choosing from among three fresh faces to replace Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, whose second four-year term ends next month.The race has been led by Miyegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolia

    June 25, 2017 01:31 am JST
  • Brendan Sobie

    Mongolia must open up to avoid aviation embarrassment

    Mongolia is to get a new international airport next year. The $580 million project, overseen by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is a large investment for a country of only 3.1 million people and a gross domestic product of just $12 billi

    June 18, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    Infrastructure boom offers fresh start on Asian road safety

    It might be the world's deadliest, least known conflict. The latest available figures from the World Health Organization show that road accidents claimed at least 1.25 million lives in 2013, more than twice the death toll from the war in Syria. Nor

    June 17, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • AIIB future rests on shedding Beijing influence

    TOKYO -- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its second annual general meeting between June 16-18 on South Korea's Jeju Island. The bank, which has stuck to careful driving in its first year, looks ready to gain speed in yea

    June 15, 2017 02:19 pm JST
  • Mongolia's Munkh-Orgil: Middle-class surge will change everything

    Of all the important trends shaping Asia, the rise of the middle class will have the most profound impact, Mongolian Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil told the conference.Citing an OECD estimate that the middle-class population will surge to 4.9 bi

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

    ASTANA/TOKYO India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal uphea

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST