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Ally, Enemy or Both? Saudi Arabia’s Many Roles in Afghanistan

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:37 GMT

A hilltop overlooking Kabul, where a $100 million Saudi-funded mosque and education complex was to be built. Construction was scheduled for completion this year, but the hilltop site remains a dusty lot where boys fly kites and drug addicts crouch beside a cemetery wall.Saudi Arabia has voiced support for American efforts to nourish Afghanistan’s democracy, but it has also lavishly funded Sunni extremism under various guises.

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South Korea’s Leader Offers to Quit in April, but It’s Unlikely to Be Enough

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:39:28 GMT

A demonstrator supporting President Park Geun-hye of South Korea wept listening to the national anthem during a rally opposing her impeachment on Tuesday in Seoul, the capital.President Park Geun-hye now sees an impeachment vote in her corruption scandal as inevitable, a party colleague says, and it could come as early as Friday.

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Confessions Made Under Duress Tarnish China’s Graft Fight, Report Says

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:16:29 GMT

Zhou Wangyan, a former land bureau official in Liling, China, in 2014. Mr. Zhou said that he was detained and tortured under the Communist Party’s secretive “shuanggui” program. A report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch said that such claims were far from uncommon.Evidence collected in secret Communist Party investigations, using threats and torture, is often repurposed for criminal cases, Human Rights Watch said.

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Sinosphere: China’s Currency Didn’t Really Drop, Despite Jitters Over Trump

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:33:23 GMT

A billboard displaying United States currency outside a bank in Beijing in November.Some data services showed that the renminbi had been sharply devalued overnight, but a technical problem, not a decision by China, was responsible for the error.

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Top Chinese Financier Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:45:30 GMT

Xu Xiang was detained in a police operation last year that involved sealing off the 22-mile Hangzhou Bay Bridge, one of the world’s longest.

Trump’s Call with Taiwan: A Diplomatic Gaffe or a New Start?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:24:10 GMT

President-elect Donald J. Trump at a rally in Cincinnati last week. Two of his Twitter assertions about China, on tariffs and the South China Sea, were broadly correct. A third, about China’s currency, was out of date.Donald J. Trump has challenged Beijing on trade and the South China Sea, rejecting suggestions that he needed China’s approval to talk to Taiwan’s president.

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John Key, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Says He Will Step Down

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:22:20 GMT

The 55-year-old prime minister, of the conservative National Party, has been in office since 2008, and his tenure has been seen as generally stable and free of controversy.

Death of Tamil Nadu’s Leader Leaves Power Vacuum in Southern India

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:55:03 GMT

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, chief minister of Tamil Nadu State, in May. Her autocratic style did not diminish her popularity, and may have enhanced it, especially among poor, lower-caste women.Jayalalithaa Jayaram, 68, an imperious former starlet, died after a cardiac arrest and had groomed no successor.

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Pakistan’s Premier Honors Nobel Laureate From Persecuted Minority

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:22:00 GMT

Abdus Salam, a theoretical physicist, was honored by having a department of physics at one of the nation’s leading public universities renamed after him.

Devanampattinam Journal: Mortal to Divine and Back: India’s Transgender Goddesses

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:25:04 GMT

During the 10-day Hindu festival Mayana Kollai, the troubles of transgender women are distant as they transform into the deities they worship and are revered by villagers.

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Trump Call Gauged Positively, but Cautiously, in Taiwan

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:32:25 GMT

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday.In Taipei, the capital, residents said they were pleased about the call between President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan and President-elect Donald J. Trump.

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Rohingya Face Health Care Bias in Parts of Asia, Study Finds

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:04:32 GMT

A sick Rohingya man waited in 2014 for a pharmacy to open at an camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar.A report by Harvard researchers in The Lancet found that health care indicators were consistently worse for the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group.

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In a Year of Election Upsets, Uzbekistan Delivers the Expected

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:38:57 GMT

Voters in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, casting their ballots in the presidential election on Sunday.After a campaign criticized for deep flaws, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the prime minister, was chosen as the country’s second permanent president since independence.

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Bhutan Faces an Important Test of Press Freedom

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:42:38 GMT

A prominent journalist has been accused of libel for sharing a Facebook post that alleged corrupt dealings among the elite in the Asian country.

Shinzo Abe to Become First Japanese Leader to Visit Pearl Harbor

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:24:37 GMT

Mr. Abe’s trip this month to the site his country attacked 75 years ago will in effect be reciprocating a visit by President Obama to Hiroshima this year.

Li Ka-shing Makes a Bid for Duet Group of Australia

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:19:44 GMT

Li Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men, in Hong Kong in 2015. The offer for the Duet Group, an electricity and pipeline company, is Mr. Li’s second attempt this year to buy Australian infrastructure assets.Duet, a pipeline and electricity company, said it was evaluating the $5.4 billion offer from a company controlled by Mr. Li, a Hong Kong billionaire.

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Japan Is Obsessed With Climate Change. Young People Don’t Get It.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:49:27 GMT

Earth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, which was held to call attention to the fight against climate change.Because the country has to import most of its energy, an apparent drop in concern by Japanese young people alarms many government officials.

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Taiwan City Planning a Makeover Says a Trump Agent Showed Interest

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:04:25 GMT

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan speaking on the telephone with Donald J. Trump, the president-elect, last week.Taoyuan’s mayor said a Trump Organization representative discussed investment opportunities, a possible overture that could complicate U.S.-China relations.

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SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son Chases First Place With Tech Deals

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:51:17 GMT

Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, is seeking to turn his company into the future’s most important technology business.With two ambitious projects, Masayoshi Son, who created the parent company of Sprint, bets big on having a say in an increasingly mobile world.

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The Anime Master of Missed Connections Makes Strong Contact in Japan

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:18:41 GMT

A scene from Makoto Shinkai’s anime feature “Your Name,” about a teenage boy and girl who switch bodies and fall in love.Makoto Shinkai, the director of “Your Name,” the top-grossing movie of the year in Japan, specializes in dissecting the forces that keep people apart.

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Business Since Birth: Trump’s Children and the Tangle That Awaits

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:44:06 GMT

Donald J. Trump and his family in October during the opening ceremony for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The hotel is in the federal government’s Old Post Office Building.The president-elect’s three eldest children have always interwoven family and business ties. Can their empire ever be separate from the White House?

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India’s Police Investigating Rape Accusation by American Tourist

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:42:11 GMT

A woman says a group of men assaulted her in April at a five-star hotel where she was staying as part of a package tour.

The Interpreter: Trump, Taiwan and China: The Controversy, Explained

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:11:34 GMT

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, center, speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday.No American president or president-elect is believed to have spoken with a Taiwanese president in decades — until a fateful telephone call on Friday.

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Thailand Arrests Student Accused of Sharing Article About New King

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:52:56 GMT

The arrest was apparently the first under the country’s tough law against insulting the monarchy since King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun succeeded his father on Thursday.

China Sees New Ambiguity With Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:12:02 GMT

President Xi Jinping of China, who considers Taiwan an integral part of his country.“This is a wake-up call for Beijing,” one Chinese analyst said of a precedent-breaking conversation with the president of Taiwan.

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Editorial: More Punishment for Tibetan Buddhists

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:21:23 GMT

Nuns and monks in Larung Gar on their way to a prayer hall.The effort to destroy enclaves like Larung Gar is further evidence of China’s insecurity and need for control.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Pakistan Has a Drinking Problem

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:15:25 GMT

A worker at a brewery in the city of Rawalpindi in 2012.Consuming alcohol and denying it is the oldest cocktail in the country.

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Feature: Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMT

Shanette Smith and her daughter Madison.Excluded from the Affordable Care Act because of politics, thousands of poor Americans grapple with the toll — physical and psychological — of being uninsured.

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First Words: We Don’t Talk About ‘Radicalization’ When an Attacker Isn’t Muslim. We Should.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMT

Those on the path to mass destruction can be incited by ideology, conspiracy theories and the words of political leaders — including presidents.

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Nonfiction: From Michael Lewis, the Story of Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About the Way We Think

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMT

Michael LewisIn “The Undoing Project,” Michael Lewis tells the story of the friendship and work of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, and how they changed our understanding of human rationality.

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