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China Ups the Pressure to Undermine Hong Kong

On the anniversary of the Occupy movement which paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for weeks last year, mainland officials have launched a barrage of comments designed to undermine the city’s sense of enjoying a sepa...
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Can Malaysia’s PM Pull Off a Trip to the UN?

A trip by Malaysia’s embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to London and New York is shrouded in mystery, with a London source saying the premier and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, are already in London, staying at th...
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Love Knows no Boundaries

Cross-border marriages have been steadily growing in number since the 1980s in Japan, and from the 1990s in Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. In the case of Taiwan, marriages to foreign-born wives accounted for 13 percent of all new marriages in 2009, down fr...
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Kuala Lumpur Courts Hand PM Najib Dual Setbacks

High courts in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, September 21, handed the Malaysian government twin setbacks, voiding the three-month suspension of two influential business newspapers and also ordering Prime Minister Naj...
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China Cuts Coal Use Dramatically

As the world prepares for a major climate conference in Paris in December, China is reporting encouraging news – sharply falling coal consumption and more centralized and cleaner uses of the fuel, considered to...
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Art Becomes a Commodity

While astronomical prices for art have been around for decades, today business opportunists have commodified art as never before -- dealers who see art only as a means to make profit. In this new world, art trading globally is in excess of US$66 billion and gr...
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Auction Record For Indian Painting

A new record price for an India painting has been set at a Christie’s auction in New York when India’s most prolific collector, Kiran Nadar, bid US$3.5 million (US$4.01 million including buyer’s premium) for Bi...
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Antibiotics Overuse Means Superbugs are On the March

As has long been feared, antibiotic use is driving antibiotic resistance and creating what critics have said could be a plague of virtually uncontrollable superbugs for a wide range of diseases including syphil...
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Glimmer of Hope for Myanmar’s Ethnic Conflicts?

After more than six decades of internal armed conflict, the next four weeks could be decisive for the attempt to solve Myanmar’s bitter conflicts with its myriad armed ethnic groups, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. ...
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Shinzo Abe Gets Fresh Wind in his Sails

This has been a tough summer for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His public approval polling numbers took a dive as tens of thousands besieged parliament to protest passage of a pair of security bills allowi...