Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

| Feb 23, 2015

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

A short hop from the bars and nightclubs of Bali, a Saudi family holidaying on Lombok hears the call to prayer wafting over the self-styled “island of 1,000 mosques.” Lombok is at the center of an Islamic tourism drive. Indonesia is home to the ...

Sony faces struggle to find growth path

| Feb 20, 2015

Sony faces struggle to find growth path

by Shinya Ajima

Sony Corp. has unveiled its latest multiyear business plan, including spinning off its 36-year-old Walkman portable music player unit to cut costs, but it is unclear whether the reforms will be enough to secure growth. Kazuo Hirai, chief executive of the electronics and entertainment ...

NTT Docomo bundles mobile and broadband, shaking up sector

| Feb 17, 2015

NTT Docomo bundles mobile and broadband, shaking up sector

NTT Docomo Inc. is set to launch a discount mobile phone price plan bundled with broadband communications that use the fiber-optic networks of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. group companies, in a move that’s expected to spur competition in the industry. The nation’s largest ...

Display of ancient tablets fuels looting debate

| Feb 13, 2015

Display of ancient tablets fuels looting debate

by Daniel Estrin

At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay. But the 2,500-year-old treasures from present-day Iraq have become part of a thorny archaeological debate over how to ...

Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

| Feb 12, 2015

Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

Some members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority are turning on their Arab neighbors, staging deadly reprisals against Sunni villagers they believe collaborated in atrocities inflicted by Islamic State on their community. Yazidis returning to their northern home area of Sinjar are uncovering one mass grave ...

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

| Feb 5, 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region. The proposal, referred to only ...