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New Pope Raises Profile of Jesuits in Asia – Voice of America

— As Pope Francis begins his papacy as the Roman Catholic Church’s first Jesuit leader, he is raising the profile of a religious order that has long been involved in missionary work in Asia. The Society of Jesus – or the Jesuits as they are commonly known – is a Catholic order whose members […]

Asia’s Mojo Keeps on Working – PBS NewsHour (blog)

Asia’s Mojo Keeps on Working – PBS NewsHour (blog)

By: Michael D. Mosettig Shoppers in the Paragon mall in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images. No matter how many Washington think tank conferences one covers, all their accumulated wisdom is no substitute for going to the countries they are talking about. In that spirit, I am back from a month in Asia — […]

Man Asia Book Prize Winner Announced: Tan Twan Eng’s ‘The Garden Of … – Huffington Post

HONG KONG — Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng’s novel “The Garden of Evening Mists” has won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. Tan’s novel is set in the traumatic aftermath of Japan’s wartime occupation of Malaya, now known as Malaysia. It tells the story of a young law school graduate who is the sole survivor […]

Asia: Kempinski opening hotels in China and India – Los Angeles Times

Another longtime European hotel group is making fresh inroads into Asia. Kempinski Hotels, one of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel groups, is adding to its portfolio of 75 properties by opening three hotels in China and another in India. “We are opening in growing market destinations in China and southeast Asia,” said Reto Wittwer, […]

Will Beijing step up in Central Asia? – CNN (blog)

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Booking a Hotel in Asia? How to Plan – New York Times

I waited until the last minute — three weeks before our trip — to book our hotels. I didn’t realize our visit to Kyoto coincided with peak cherry blossom viewing and a school holiday (I found what appeared to be the only available room in the city). And in Tokyo, I overlooked room dimensions as […]

Japan will enter negotiations on Asia-Pacific trade agreement, media reports say – Washington Post

Abe is expected to make the announcement on Friday, the Kyodo news agency and several major dailies reported, citing unnamed government sources. But Kyodo added that if ongoing talks within Abe’s ruling party “get too heated,” the announcement date could be changed. Japanese officials often brief domestic media in advance of significant government decisions. A […]

ASIA MARKETS: Property Concerns Weigh On China Market – Fox Business

HONG KONG –  Asian markets were lower on Wednesday, with concerns about the Chinese property market pulling down stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Stocks in mainland China remained weak, with the Shanghai Composite down 1% to 2,263.97, its fifth consecutive session of losses. Sentiment in the market remained weak after the latest set of […]

TREASURIES-Bonds gain in Asia, retail sales in focus – Reuters

TOKYO, March 13 | Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:08am EDT TOKYO, March 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasuries ticked up in Asia on Wednesday, extending their gains following a retreat in U.S. shares the previous day, with upcoming U.S. retail sales data in focus. * The yield on 10-year notes dipped slightly to 2.014 percent compared […]

ADB: In Asia, wealth buys access to clean water – MiamiHerald.com

MANILA, Philippines — Ninety-one percent of people living in Asia have improved access to clean water, a remarkable achievement over the last two decades in the world’s most populous region. But its richest countries and wealthiest citizens likely have better water supplies and governments better prepared for natural disasters. The assessments made by the Asian […]