Bangladesh teeters on edge of poverty as COVID-19 spreads

Bangladesh teeters on edge of poverty as COVID-19 spreads

DHAKA/TOKYO — Shahidul Islam, a poor farmer in Bangladesh’s western district of Natore, called a hotline last month for a food handout. The request went down very badly when a senior local official — who also belongs to the ruling Awami League...
Egypt-born minibus-share Swvl to debut in Southeast Asia

Egypt-born minibus-share Swvl to debut in Southeast Asia

CAIRO — A new type of ride-hailer that has taken over the streets of Cairo is rolling into Southeast Asia, a fiercely competitive market long dominated by local giants like Grab and Gojek. Swvl, established in Egypt three years ago, offers shared rides on the...
Bitcoin halving to boost its appeal as inflation hedge

Bitcoin halving to boost its appeal as inflation hedge

TOKYO — Bitcoin has drawn renewed interest from investors seeking inflation-resistant assets at a time when central banks are printing more money to prop up flagging economies. Supplies of the virtual currency are to be halved on Tuesday, Japan time, a feature...