South Asia's Growing Climate Crisis (in Photos)

South Asia's Growing Climate Crisis (in Photos)

The Indian subcontinent is experiencing a growing environmental crisis. Dust and thunderstorms across India killed over 160 people this past May. Air quality levels regularly dip to dangerous lows in cities like Delhi, while the start of monsoon season has already produced torrential rain and flash flooding across the northern and northeastern regions. Meanwhile, nearly half of India’s […]

Facebook to stream Premier League matches in Asia in $265M deal

Facebook to stream Premier League matches in Asia in $265M deal

Premier League matches have become popular as a way for tech companies to plant a flag in the field of sports streaming.  Getty Images Premier League soccer matches are becoming the next tech darling.  Facebook secured a deal to become the only place to stream Premier League matches in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos starting next year […]

Some banks have cut their targets for Asian stocks as trade frictions drag on

Some banks have cut their targets for Asian stocks as trade frictions drag on

Analysts at Morgan Stanley see Hong Kong as a market that’s “particularly at risk,” highlighting the likelihood of “a further sharp drawdown” for the benchmark Hang Seng Index. Analysts and strategists at the bank in June cut their 12-month target for the Hang Seng Index to 27,200 from their previous target of 30,350. The new […]

Oil futures back near session lows in Asia

Oil futures back near session lows in Asia

–Oil futures were near their lowest levels of the day in early afternoon trading Thursday in Asia after nearly 2 weeks of strong gains and amid fresh selling in the region’s stock markets. –August light, sweet crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange was recently down 0.4% from Tuesday’s settlement level at $73.86 a barrel […]

Thailand cave: Medics reach boys as rescuers weigh options

Thailand cave: Medics reach boys as rescuers weigh options

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFinding the Thai cave boys and getting them out Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand have received their first food and medical treatment for 10 days. Seven divers, including a doctor and a nurse, joined the group inside the caves […]

Asian shares stumble as China extends declines amid trade tensions

Asian shares stumble as China extends declines amid trade tensions

Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 turned lower, slipping 0.26 percent after earlier retracing some of the sharp declines seen in the overnight session. Insurers and oil producers clung to gains, while automakers, banks and precision machinery stocks declined. In South Korea, the Kospi edged up by 0.15 percent, but was off its intraday high. Manufacturers gained, […]

As Asia's economic growth stutters, the region's oil imports also slow

As Asia's economic growth stutters, the region's oil imports also slow

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian demand for imported oil is set to slow for a second straight month in July, trade flow data showed on Monday, as economic growth starts to stutter amid an escalating trade dispute with the United States. FILE PHOTO: A worker walks atop a tanker wagon to check the freight level at […]

Majlis Podcast: Squeezing The Space For Central Asia's Exiles

Majlis Podcast: Squeezing The Space For Central Asia's Exiles

Governments in Central Asia continue to use, and some would say abuse, the right to appeal to international law enforcement agencies to apprehend citizens of Central Asian states who have fled their homeland and then were portrayed by their governments as criminals. For example, there are hundreds of cases where Central Asian governments have alerted […]

Senior US diplomat for Asia Susan Thornton to retire – State Department

Senior US diplomat for Asia Susan Thornton to retire – State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, Susan Thornton, will retire at the end of July, the State Department said on Saturday, in the midst of critical negotiations with North Korea and China. “Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton has announced her intention to retire from […]