Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India are set to sign a gas pipeline deal tomorrow. But the planned route goes through two fierce Taliban areas, raising security concerns.
President Obama hopes to ink a US-South Korea free trade agreement Thursday. Trade deals among Asian countries are all the rage, but some say they may not have much impact.
As world leaders gather in Seoul for their first G20 meeting in Asia, some economists argue that the push for stronger Asian currencies – particularly the Chinese yuan – will spur productivity gains.
Ongoing confrontation between Pakistan's President Zardari and the high court has raised concerns about political instability, but some analysts say the lack of appetite for change means the government is likely to finish its term.
The government plans to start handing out cash grants to victims of the Pakistan floods in the coming weeks. Donations from abroad are dwindling as a costly recovery effort begins.
Flood relief to Pakistan has been increased three weeks after the crisis began. The US, Germany and Saudi Arabia all announced new pledges of aid, while Japan said it would send helicopters to help distribute food, water and medicine.
The Laos government is banking on hydropower - with plans to build 55 dams - to sell electricity to its Asian neighbors. But critics say hydropower comes at the cost of more displaced farmers and altered rivers.
Any effort by Afghanistan to improve water management could ruffle neighbors, who benefit from the country's losing two-thirds of its water due to lack of infrastructure.
A look at the wave of debt crises spreading around the globe.
The Afghanistan economy must shift reliance off its poppy crop toward agriculture and mining. The government began a massive poppy eradication campaign this week.