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World 01 Feb 2013 | 12:00 AM

UNHCR reaches rebel-held area of north Syria for first time

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that for the first time it had reached the opposition-held Azaz area of northern Syria where it found an estimated 45,000 displaced people living in appalling conditions in makeshift camps.

Business 05 Nov 2012 | 12:00 AM

North Korea's economic dreams are, well ... dreams

DANDONG, China: A lonely farmer and his ox-cart are the only sign of activity on a dusty island meant to be an industrial hub that will raise North Korea's wrecked economy.

Business 20 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM

Good prospects for Mindanao

THE pictures splashed over the newspapers says it all, the weary people of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), were in jubilant mood as representatives of the Philippine government and the largest of the separatist movements, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), signed a peace framework agreement earlier in the week in Manila to end 40 years of conflict.

Business 20 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM

Oil inches up as US reserve release plan faces opposition

SINGAPORE: U.S. crude inched up in early Asian trading on Monday after the White House's plans to release emergency oil reserves to dampen rising gasoline prices in the country was opposed by its Asian allies as well as the head of the International Energy Agency.

Business 18 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM

China's Wen urges North Korea to let the market help revamp economy

SHANGHAI: Premier Wen Jiabao encouraged North Korea to allow market mechanisms help revamp its economy, state media said on Saturday, and laid down other pre-conditions as China tries to wean its impoverished ally off its dependence on Chinese aid.

Business 03 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM

North Korea's Kim tells China, economy a priority

BEIJING: North Korea's new young leader, Kim Jong-un, told a Chinese official that his government is focused on developing the economy and improving people's livelihoods, China's official news agency reported late on Thursday.

Business 25 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM

The rise of social enterprises

Social enterprsies are fledgling businesses in Malaysia where money is made with a conscience. Can they thrive and overcome the obstacles in their way?

Business 22 Oct 2011 | 12:00 AM

Refugee problem haunts Bhutan

Two small bombs exploded in a Bhutanese border town just three days ahead of the royal wedding on Oct 13.

Business 28 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM

Quake and blossoms: Japan's reminder of mortality

TOKYO: The cherry trees will soon blossom in Japan. For the Japanese, it will be a particularly poignant sight.

Business 25 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM

US foreign aid faces cuts as China's reach grows

WASHINGTON: U.S. efforts to counter China's growing influence in the developing world are a likely casualty of the budget battles dominating Washington's politics, as chunks of the foreign aid program face the ax.