On September 28, Indonesia was strike by a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake, on the island of Sulawesi. It cause the earth to liquefy, destroyed much of the island, and triggered a tsunami reaching as high as 23 feet. In the disaster's aftermath, safe clean water -- and those who worked together to get it to where it was most needed -- was a critical need.
Australia’s new Prime Minister said on October 15 he was “open to” the idea of moving Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The increasing costs of supporting an aging population, increased natural disaster costs, and one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios are all driving Japan to raise its consumption tax to 10% a year from now.
Now that a Manila court has denied a temporary restraining order blocking the company, China Telecom has become the second foreign company to buy bid documents to become what is being referred to as the ‘third player’ in the country’s telecommunications mix.
Indonesia will shortly be receiving $3 million in grant assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Central Sulawesi.
The Energy Department says it will be tightening restrictions on shipping civilian nuclear subsystems and technology to China, effective immediately.
A 22-year-old American student is being detained indefinitely at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, on charges she supported the Palestinian cause in multiple ways.
Global convenience store operator FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. of Japan just disclosed it is purchasing 20.17 percent of Don Quijote Holdings Co., one of its biggest competitors, for $1.9 billion (211.9 billion yen)
Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation has signed an agreement with Aramco Asia-Japan (AAJ) to further develop the museum as a focus of encouraging public interest and a deeper understanding of science and technology for local residents.
With over 30 million of today's Arab and Asian populations falling between the ages of 15 and 29, the governments there need to do far more to invest in them -- because they do represent the future, and because they have the opportunity to either help their economies grow - or become a drag on them.
On October 7, China’s central bank made a major cut in the amount of cash its banks must hold in reserve, effectively pushing 750 billion yuan (US $109.2 billion) of liquidity into the economy.
Singapore-based Grab, a taxi aggregator and major provider of ride-sharing services similar to Uber in Southeast Asia, is expected soon to close on a deal with Japan’s SoftBank for another $500 million in capital.
A new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report says strong domestic demand, buoyant oil and gas prices, and India's consolidation of growth investments are contributing to stable growth throughout the region.
SoftBank Corporation, a major Japanese financial investment company with strong partnership in the mobility sector, and Toyota Motor Corporation, are forming a major strategic partnership, MONET Technologies, to bring together everything from vehicles, IoT, smartphones and sensor devices in a unified ecosystem.
NEC Corporation of Japan as principal, with support from Angola Cables S.A., has completed the first high-speed submarine cable system connecting the South American and African continents.
A new liquefied natural gas venture to produce up to 26 million tons a year of LNG is backed by Royal Dutch Shell and three Asian giants together to build the new facility, plus a major investment from the Canadian government.
The Saudi Arabian government has cancelled a plan to build a solar power project with an estimated 200 GW of output by 2030.
As the latest Typhoon Trami crashes through Japan with winds up to 134 mph and Indonesia deals with the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake from last week, APEC has issued its own emergency call for more effective means of handling climate-driven and other natural catastrophes in the region.
A special 3-week Seminar held in China in September highlighted the unique nature of opportunities for telemedicine and medical technology collaboration across the entire span of China's Belt and Road initiative.
Bangladesh's Fourth Primary Education Development Program, a key to providing quality education to all children from pre-primary to grade 5, just received word it will be receiving a $500 million loan from the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Hoping to attract international attention, a Philippine human rights commission held hearings in New York City this week to address if oil companies have violated human rights by contributing to climate change.
The much-delayed sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau is going through a last set of test runs before the bridge opens for service sometime in October.
As Southeast Asia's economy rises, the lure of fast money is inescapable. That's behind what's happening to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and this story from IPS Inter Press Service News Agency's Kris Janssen.
The ancient Chinese city of Xi'an, which was host city for the 7th APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance Forum, was a showcase for a unique approach to fighting poverty using e-commerce. The learning here are about to roll out across the rest of APEC as a means of fighting poverty throughout the region.
Last week the European Commission put forth a proposed strategy to assist with critical infrastructure development within Asia, apparently as a direct response to China’s expanding influence in the region via infrastructure investments.
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