Politics

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Jakarta’s Filthy Man-Made Morass

The torrential rain and subsequent flooding that has so far claimed at least 20 lives and forced an estimated 340,000 people from their homes in Jakarta this week is as much a manmade disaster as one pourin... Read More...
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Blank Air in Hong Kong

ATV, a Hong Kong television station with close ties to Beijing, suddenly cancelled Sunday’s airing of Newsline, its tepid English-language political chat show, citing “technical difficulties&rdq... Read More...
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Blank Air in Hong Kong

ATV, a Hong Kong television station with close ties to Beijing, suddenly cancelled Sunday’s airing of Newsline, its tepid English-language political chat show, citing “technical difficulties&rdquo... Read More...
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Leashing Thailand’s Cops

  If there was ever an example of free enterprise, it is Thailand's brown-uniformed police. Waiters in Starbuck's coffee outlets are better paid than entry-level constables, making... Read More...
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Long Live the King!

Thailand’s stability and prospects for the future are held in place, many would say, by the slender thread of one remarkable 79-year old man. He is credited with seeing the country through crisis afte... Read More...
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China’s Chip Shot into Space

China’s successful destruction of an outer-space target on 11 January made great headlines and generated predictably outraged comment from the US and others. But from a technological standpoint how im... Read More...
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London Calling

With a British court’s vindication of a prominent English neurologist and expert on epilepsy, Singapore’s ruling Lee family has discovered that other countries don’t share the island repub... Read More...
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India Strengthens Military Ties with Burma

Indian security forces, frustrated by cross-border raids by armed rebels in the remote northeast, are looking for increased military ties with Burma and possible joint operations to flush out separatist gue... Read More...
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Malaysian murder a tale of love gone wrong

A well-placed Malaysian political analyst facing charges of conspiring to murder a young Mongolian woman has admitted to the High Court in Kuala Lumpur that he was having an affair with the victim and givin... Read More...
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Thailand’s Singapore Problem

After ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a coup, the military-appointed leaders here have tried in vain to explain "Thai-style democracy" to the world. In the past week, it has gotten a... Read More...