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  • 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
  • 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 up

    June 14, 2017 11:51 pm JST
  • Asian bloc's expansion may widen cracks between China, Russia

    ASTANA -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to accept India and Pakistan as full members, a move intended to enhance its influence as an alternative to the West. But with core members China and Russia already on different pages, this grow

    June 9, 2017 04:57 am JST
  • Shanghai exchange to acquire 25.1% stake in Kazakhstan exchange

    SHANGHAI, (Reuters) -- The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) said on Thursday it has signed an agreement with the financial centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan to acquire a 25.1 percent stake in the country's exchange.The Shanghai exchange will coopera

    June 8, 2017 09:35 pm JST
  • Afghanistan's woes expose power moves on Asia's chessboard

    NEW DELHI -- On the morning of May 31, a water truck driven by a terrorist exploded in the diplomatic district in the capital of Afghanistan, killing 150 people and injuring more than 400. The tanker, used to drain sewage reservoirs, was instead fil

    June 8, 2017 04:10 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Mongolian minister 'confident' on structural reform

    TOKYO -- Mongolia will be able to implement the structural reforms it has agreed to with the International Monetary Fund, Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview on Monday in Tokyo.Last month the IMF approved

    June 6, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Middle-class surge will change everything, Mongolian minister says

    TOKYO -- 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 said on Monday.Citing an OECD estimate that the middle-class population will surge to 4.

    June 5, 2017 07:33 pm JST
  • An animated look at how Asia has changed over 50 years

    Asia has changed considerably since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations came together as a political bloc in August 1967. But how can we get a sense of the pace and direction of that change? Inspiration comes from the Gapminder Foundation,

    June 5, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Taliban affiliate blamed for Kabul attack

    NEW DELHI -- Afghan authorities have accused the Taliban-linked Haqqani network of carrying out the deadly bombing on Wednesday in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, though the group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.A tanker truck explode

    June 2, 2017 05:14 am JST
  • Mongolia signs agreement with IMF on $5.5bn aid package

    ULAANBAATAR/LONDON The International Monetary Fund has approved a much-needed $5.5 billion aid package for Mongolia, but experts question whether the government will be able to implement painful structural reforms to put the economy back on track.Th

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • At least 80 killed, 350 wounded in Kabul blast-health official

    KABUL (Reuters) -- At least 80 people were killed and 350 wounded in Kabul on Wednesday when a powerful vehicle-borne bomb exploded in the middle of the Afghan capital, a public health official said.The attack is one of the most serious seen in the

    May 31, 2017 04:47 pm JST
  • Huge car bomb near embassies in Afghan capital kills or wounds dozens

    KABUL (Reuters) -- A powerful car bomb exploded in the centre of Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies, officials s

    May 31, 2017 04:21 pm JST
  • IMF aid raises questions about Mongolia's ability to reform

    ULAANBAATAR/LONDON -- The International Monetary Fund has finally approved a much-needed $5.5 billion aid package for Mongolia, but experts question if the government is able to implement painful structural reforms to put the economy back on track.T

    May 26, 2017 12:40 am JST