IN A MEETING on July 24, the East Asian Olympic Committee decided to revoke Taiwan’s right to host the first East Asian Youth Games in…View More Taiwan, China and an Olympic-sized problem
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A MONTH on from the chain of earthquakes that blitzed Lombok, the Indonesian idyll is still being shaken by aftershocks. Hotels remain shuttered, and a…View More Will quake-torn Indonesia’s bet on tourism pay off?
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IN October 2017, the government of Thailand implemented a new welfare program: unconditional transfers through the use of cashless welfare cards. The scheme is part…View More Thailand needs to rethink its cashless welfare card system – here’s why
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AFTER cobbling together a coalition government last month, cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf Party, has assumed office as the prime…View More Why Imran Khan is no saviour of India-Pakistan relations
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A NEW state-run platform is now centralising efforts to stop online “rumours” in China. This is a significant step for China, where any piece of information that does not…View More China has a new AI-powered platform to sniff out rumour mongers
AT today’s gathering of key Pacific Island leaders on the tiny Micronesian island of Nauru, conspicuously missing are journalists from Australia’s public broadcaster. That’s because the…View More Pacific Island leaders are tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent
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File image shows villagers going about their activities under traditional hut in Lombok. Most of the traditional homes survived the recent quakes that ravaged much…View More Still standing: The indigenous homes that withstood the Lombok quakes