'Doctors' keep Cambodia healthy

Apr 10, 2015

'Doctors' keep Cambodia healthy

When the phone rings, former Khmer Rouge soldier Ken Mon grabs a bag stuffed full of medicine, jumps on his motorbike and heads for an impoverished Cambodian village with the haste of any diligent local doctor. Yet the 55-year-old Mon has no formal medical ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year — the organization’s largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country. Earlier, Kuwait, ...

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Mar 19, 2015

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Japan will provide $16.2 million in assistance to back U.N. activities for the welfare of people displaced from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas. The announcement was made Tuesday at a joint ceremony attended by Japanese Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Takashi Katae and U.N. Resident ...

Mar 6, 2015

Top court rejects Indonesians' suit over dam project

The Supreme Court has upheld lower court rulings rejecting demands for compensation by around 5,000 Indonesian residents who say they were displaced by a dam construction project backed by Japan’s official development assistance program, court officials said Thursday. Its ruling Wednesday upheld decisions at ...

Mar 4, 2015

China says NGOs need regulating for 'national security reasons'

China needs to better regulate foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) operating in the country for national security reasons, an official said on Wednesday, as the government drafts a law that has unnerved many aid groups. Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, said she ...

Iraq official appeals for more aid to fight Islamic State

Feb 10, 2015

Iraq official appeals for more aid to fight Islamic State

The U.S.-led coalition helping Iraq push back Islamic State group militants is not doing enough to match the scale of the threat, a senior Iraqi official said Monday as he called for increased firepower to defeat the extremists. Speaking to The Associated Press on ...

Japan, China competing for construction projects in Asia

Jan 28, 2015

Japan, China competing for construction projects in Asia

Japanese firms are in a sales war against China in developing nations, where governments are eager to initiate major civil engineering projects. Railways, roads and electric power plants are essential for economic development. Japan’s own era of high economic growth after World War II ...