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Published: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:25:38

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Kurds split ahead of vote on independent state 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:36:36 GMT

Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for Monday, September 25, has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region’s main cities.

Hollow words from Aung San Suu Kyi

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:35:25 GMT

Myanmar’s leader asks for understanding. The world understands only the immense suffering she is sanctioning

‘Pakistan Girl’ takes aim at corrupt cops and domestic abuse

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:33:53 GMT

Pakistan’s newest female superhero has vowed to battle venal officials and protect battered women, as her creator tries to inspire the next generation to fight injustice in a deeply patriarchal society.

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The last days of a ‘village’ in China’s Silicon Valley

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:28:56 GMT

Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of Beijing’s Silicon Valley, migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. But their community’s days are numbered.

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The crazy Yingluck scenario few people want

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:26:05 GMT

Let’s hope that whoever is writing Thailand’s political script is not over-inspired in the next seven days. Otherwise, we may be in for a big anticlimax after days of trying to figure out where Yingluck Shinawatra is, who helped her flee, which escape route she took and whether her clan might actually be in cahoots with the military government.

Army balloon deflated, QUESTIONS remain

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:45:16 GMT

The surveillance dirigible that cost us at least Bt400 million provided zero assistance in calming the troubled South

N Korean missiles passing over Japan must not become routine

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese archipelago again. The missile flew over Hokkaido and fell into the Pacific Ocean about 2,200 kilometres east of Erimomisaki cape.

Jack Ma’S dilemma – money, power and glory

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

The advocate of small-time businesses can’t stop the skyrocketing growth of his empire

Opportunity and challenge before Singapore’s president

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Putting controversy over her election behind her, Halimah Yacob has her work cut out, but she can rise to the occasion

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Lessons on emissions trading from California

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

With China set to launch an emission trading system (ETS) nationwide to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, its policymakers could learn a thing or two from California.

Leading the drive towards a national cryptocurrency

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

The Chinese authorities last week announced they were shutting down bitcoin exchanges.

Tapping the potential of China-US farm trade

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

My discovery on a trip last week to Bozeman, Montana, was not nearby Yellowstone National Park, but the huge potential for China-US agricultural trade and cooperation.

Sanctions alone won't change North Korea

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Pyongyang needs to realise recalcitrant behaviour will not ensure survival of the regime

A fallen icon – How Suu Kyi lost her way

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Myanmar is wallowing in the throes of a hideous anniversary again – the violent persecution of its Rohingya population.

A ringside view of the passing of the Soviet Era and the return of Russia

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

I HAVE OFTEN been asked when and how long my posting in Moscow was. My usual answer is about three years, from 1991 to early 1994 with a qualified clarification: one year of Gorbachev and two years of Yeltsin.

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Let’s all board the same train

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Thailand is striking a careful balance in its relations with China and Japan, the future of which might rest on high-speed railways 

Can Mongolians heal their dismembered Buddhism?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

The Soviet era saw monks murdered and monasteries destroyed. Now religious revival is threatened by new regional superpower

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Living at the edge of chaos

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

This month, two Category 4 (“major) hurricanes hit the United States within 17 days of each other. In Asia, North Korea is threatening nuclear Armageddon, and floods and famine have put thousands of lives at risk from Bangladesh to Yemen. How can one survive in this chaotic era?

If not Myanmar's, whose responsibility is it?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:38:00 GMT

Aung San Suu Kyi's opting out of the UN General Assembly session is a reflection of the same hiding syndrome that made the Rakhine state out of bounds for UN staff, aid agencies and the media for a long while. Then they gave a conducted tour of the burning villages claiming they were set ablaze, not in pursuit of a scorched earth policy but by the departing Rohingya Muslims. Warped logic!

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Rohingya issue demands just response

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

The Rohingya issue has erupted into a full-blown humanitarian crisis.