Nov 18, 2014

Japan recession news a drag on global stocks

Japanese shares underperformed global markets Monday after figures showed the country unexpectedly slid into recession in the third quarter of the year. KEEPING SCORE: Following the dramatic 3 percent fall in Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei index to 16,973.80, European shares started the new week in ...

Oct 31, 2014

Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness

Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness. Levels of self-reported well-being in fast-growing nations like Indonesia, China and Malaysia now rival those in the United States, Germany and the ...

Oct 14, 2014

Oil prices hit lows in Asia not seen in years

Oil prices fell to fresh multi-year lows in Asian trading on Tuesday, with analysts blaming concerns about a supply glut and the effects of weaker demand from Europe and China. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for November delivery was down 65 cents at ...

Oct 10, 2014

Asia's innovation challenge

by Edward Jung

The West should pay attention to Asia's experiments with creative ways to finance innovation, such as China's intellectual property exchanges and Malaysia's intellectual-property loan programs.

'Blood moon' to awe sky watchers in Americas, Asia

Oct 8, 2014

'Blood moon' to awe sky watchers in Americas, Asia

Stargazers in the Americas and Asia will be treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that will bathe the moon in red to create a “blood moon.” During the total lunar eclipse, which will last several hours, the Earth will pass between ...

Aug 26, 2014

Strong leaders in an increasingly fragile Asia

by Simon Tay

Stronger leaders are finally in place in fragile Asia — leaders who can deliver domestic reform and economic growth. But if these leaders assert their strength against each other or vis-a-vis the U.S. over security matters, regional stability could be upended.

Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

Aug 12, 2014

Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world’s most visible and popular ...

Jul 18, 2014

Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice: U.N.

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the U.N. said Thursday. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the top global decision-making body for food standards, issued ...

Jul 15, 2014

Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims: Pew study

China’s neighbors are increasingly anxious that Beijing’s maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a U.S. research group said in findings released Monday. Even in China itself, polling showed that 62 percent of the public worried that ...