The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori held a strong lead April 11 in preliminary results from the first round of Peru’s presidential election and appeared to be headed to a showdown with another center-right candidate in a June runoff.
By Denis D. Gray Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — When a military coup last year ended months of political turmoil and violence in Thailand, even some democracy advocates welcomed the junta’s promise to restore stability and return “happiness to the people.” But 15 months later, a deadly bomb that ripped through a venerated shrine in […]
By Matthew Pennington Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and rights groups on July 27 accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist. Cuba was also given an upgrade, a week after the U.S. […]
By Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Lee Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met last Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions was the world leader not in the room — Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s rise underlies both the economic and security discussions that will highlight […]
By Elaine Kurtenbach AP Business Writer SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there’s a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe. Some of the products on display at an exhibition on the sidelines […]
By Joe McDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Britain has become the first major Western government to apply for membership in a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank that Washington worries will undercut institutions such as the World Bank. The British Treasury said Thursday it will join talks this month on the Asian Infrastructure Investment […]
By Staff The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The World Bank on Sunday, Jan. 27 announced a long-awaited deal to allow Myanmar to clear part of its huge decades-old foreign debt, opening the door for new much-needed lending to jump-start its lagging economy.
By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Each year, certain people are recognized for the extraordinary things that they have accomplished in the Asian American communities. Here are 10 of those people from 2012.
Dr. Jim Yong Kim defied the odds and became the first Asian American to head the World Bank. Despite his achievements as a physician, global health expert, and president of Dartmouth College, Kim faced a challenging run against two other candidates, one from Nigeria and one from Colombia. He also faced opposition from member countries […]
By Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Yong Kim, the Obama administration’s nominee to head the World Bank, is starting a global tour to promote his candidacy with stops in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the Treasury Department announced on March 26. Treasury officials said that Kim, the president of Dartmouth College, began his […]