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  • Pakistan’s most popular television channel is under attack

    Pakistan’s most popular television channel is under attack

    Live or let die?RANA JAWAD pinches the bridge of his nose. For much of the past month the director of news at Geo TV, Pakistan’s most popular channel, has marshalled his team of correspondents in the knowledge that broadcasts of their work hav…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:48pm -
  • Australia is edgy about China’s growing presence on its doorstep

    Australia is edgy about China’s growing presence on its doorstep

    THE new wharf at Espiritu Santo island in Vanuatu is one of the longest in the South Pacific. Built by Chinese contractors with a loan from the Chinese government, it can accommodate three cargo ships or two cruise liners at the same time. But it is…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:48pm -
  • Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless

    Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless

    EVEN the Minahasan people, who pride themselves on eating bushmeat, call the collection of stalls at Tomohon, in the highlands of North Sulawesi, the “extreme marketâ€�. There is certainly something extreme about the serried carcasses, bla…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:48pm -
  • Protests in Bangladesh put an end to a corrupt quota system

    Protests in Bangladesh put an end to a corrupt quota system

    INDIA reserves a share of jobs in government for people of particular castes. In Bangladesh, the dividing line is history. The ruling Awami League, which led the country’s independence movement, reserves 30% of public posts for descendants of…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:48pm -
  • What to expect from talks with North Korea

    What to expect from talks with North Korea

    SUDDENLY, everybody wants to talk to the hermit king. On April 17th the Washington Post reported that Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, met North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, over the Easter weekend. President Donald Trump more or less con…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:48pm -
  • The cabals Japan’s prime minister has tried to curb may curb him

    The cabals Japan’s prime minister has tried to curb may curb him

    Abe is failing to gain factionTHE last thing that Shinzo Abe, Japan’s embattled prime minister, needed this week was a swipe from his mentor. Junichiro Koizumi, a former prime minister who ushered Mr Abe to political prominence in the early 20…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:48pm -
  • Why women are not allowed in sumo rings—even to save a life

    Why women are not allowed in sumo rings—even to save a life

    THERE is more to sumo than fat men grunting. The sport also has a religious dimension: each match is preceded by intricate Shinto rituals. The ring is said to be sacred ground. Women, traditionally considered polluting in Shintoism, are barred from e…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 2:54pm -
  • East Asia has the world’s fastest growing tourist industry

    East Asia has the world’s fastest growing tourist industry

    THE view from the top of Marina Bay Sands, a giant hotel, mall and casino, takes in the skyscrapers of Singapore, the fleets of ships entering and leaving the city’s ports, the scattered tropical islands of the Singapore Strait and the crowds…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 2:54pm -
  • Why South Asia’s majorities act like persecuted minorities

    Why South Asia’s majorities act like persecuted minorities

    IT IS an unlikely weapon: a scuffed but sturdy Samsonite briefcase, sitting on a desk in a big house in a spacious garden in a prosperous suburb of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Its owner, shaven-headed, bare-shouldered, in bright orange robes a…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 2:54pm -
  • Why Samsung of South Korea is the biggest firm in Vietnam

    Why Samsung of South Korea is the biggest firm in Vietnam

    They give Samsung an edgeTHE Samsung Electronics factory in Thai Nguyen, in northern Vietnam, employs more than 60,000 people. Its three canteens serve some 13 tonnes of rice a day. It churns out more mobile phones than any other facility in the worl…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 2:54pm -
  • Malaysia’s government calls an election

    Malaysia’s government calls an election

    NAJIB RAZAK has finally picked his moment. On April 7th he dissolved parliament, paving the way for a general election to be held on May 9th.The dissolution came just days after a government agency ordered Bersatu, a political party founded in 2016 b…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 2:54pm -
  • How religion shapes elections in Indonesia

    How religion shapes elections in Indonesia

    INSIDE a grimy, smoke-filled hall in Tasikmalaya, a town in West Java, Ridwan Kamil tries to whip up the crowd. Mr Ridwan is the candidate for governor from the United Development Party (PPP), a mildly Islamic outfit. He is also an American-educated…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 2:54pm -

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