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Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Central Asia’s Glaciers May Lose Half Their Ice by Midcentury

The speed at which the warming climate is melting glaciers in Central Asia may ruin the water supply of millions of people within 50 years.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE



North Korea Setting Clocks Back 30 Minutes to Create New Time Zone

In a bizarre move that North Korean state media call a break from “imperialism,” the nation is switching to a new time zone to mark Korea’s liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



John Kerry: Vietnam War Was a ‘Profound Failure’ of Diplomacy

Visiting Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the conflict that ended 40 years ago a failure of diplomacy that advocates of war ought to bear in mind.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



Samsung and Google Are Banning LGBT Content in International App Stores

The tech giants have censored popular gay social networking apps in South Korea and elsewhere amid increasing attempts by government and conservative activists to silence LGBT activists.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Deaths Mount in Pakistan as Heatwave Is Linked to Climate Change

More than 1,200 people have died as a result of an intense heatwave in southern Pakistan, and experts are warning of more hot weather to come.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Emergency Measures Imposed in Pakistan as Heat Wave Death Toll Approaches 700

Temperatures soared to around 113 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend, with the country declaring a state of emergency in hospitals.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



India’s Coastal Villages Map Out Disaster Strategy

The Indian Ocean can be an angry and sometimes lethal neighbor, but those who live beside it are learning to prepare for its next onslaught.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE



Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

Economic links with China help Pakistan tap into enormous solar energy potential that can provide clean power to boost production and reduce poverty.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE


Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

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America’s Superpower Thinking Is a Bad Habit From a Bygone Century

China is emerging as the new Number One, while the policy makers in Washington can’t get their heads out of the Cold War.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE


Hong Kong Elections

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Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



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China Replaces U.S. as World’s Largest Economy, IMF Reports

Has the era of American economic hegemony finally come to an end?

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE


Hong Kong’s Massive Protest Looks Even Bigger From the Air

Set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong’s tightly packed skyscrapers, this drone video gives the viewer a better sense of the enormity of Monday’s demonstrations, part of an ongoing campaign to regain political freedom.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘More Important Than Ever’ 25 Years Later

On June 4, 1989, a million peaceful protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, only to be brutally barraged by the Chinese Communist Party with its 200,000 soldiers.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Denounces Thai Coup, Warns on Relations

The United States warned Thursday that it was reconsidering cooperation with ally Thailand after a military coup, which Secretary of State John Kerry denounced as having “no justification.”

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Birth of a Eurasian Century

A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass—at the expense of the United States.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



Vietnam Shaken by Worst Anti-China Unrest in Decades

Anti-China protesters have set more than a dozen factories on fire in Vietnam in the biggest eruption of rage against Beijing in decades over the deployment of an oil rig in contested waters.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



Meet Kim Jong Il’s Personal Poet Laureate

As spin-doctoring goes, Jang Jin Sung had one of the world’s hardest jobs.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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A Third Obama Disappointment Seems Imminent

The record of the president’s first four years proved decidedly mixed, and the second Obama turn has been one of disappointments, danger and amateurism.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Obama Right That America’s Future Is in Asia, Not the Middle East?

Barack Obama, brought up in Hawaii and having lived as a child in Indonesia, is the first Pacific president, and his current trip to Asia, beginning in Japan, is meant to underline his policy of “rebalancing” toward Asia.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Arrives in Japan for Tension-Filled Asia Trip

President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to launch a tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward a dynamic Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



Top Chinese JPMorgan Exec Leaving Amid Probe

One of JPMorgan Chase’s top Chinese executives will resign, according to a bank memo, as regulators probe whether the financial giant violated anti-bribery laws in Asia.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



Malaysia Says Jet’s Disappearance ‘Deliberate’

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken the “excruciating” jet drama into uncharted new territory.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



Fear Turns to Anger Over Malaysia’s Response to Missing Jet

Concern for a missing airliner swung to mounting outrage and suspicion in Malaysia on Wednesday as critics took aim at officials for a “chaotic lack of coordination” in their response.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



There’s Discontent and Violence in Thailand Too

Hours after supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised to take on protesters shutting down parts of Bangkok, a bomb detonated near a demonstration site in a busy shopping district Sunday, killing two people and wounding at least 22.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Pacific Pivot

The administration’s much-vaunted pivot looks ever more like a divot—a swing, a miss, and a hole in the ground rather than anything approaching a hole-in-one.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Climate scientists have found indications that Asian tropical cyclones are not only getting stronger but are also likelier to strike east Asia—China, Japan and Korea.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE


Watch China’s 1,000 High-Speed Trains in Action

China continues to invest billions in its transportation infrastructure, making it possible for people to travel around the country at unprecedented speeds.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



Occupy Bangkok: Protesters Shut Down the Wall Street of Thailand

An estimated 100,000 protesters shut down Bangkok’s commercial district Monday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


Thailand Political Crisis

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Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE


Pandas Once Again Crucial in U.S.-China Relations

Proving again that being a first lady of a P5+1 nation is a heady role indeed, with all the outfit-matching and advanced-degree-downplaying and whatnot, two top spouses from a pair of uneasy superpower bedfellow countries just took up a diplomatic tradition inaugurated by Pat Nixon.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


East China Sea Tensions

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Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE


Haiyan Typhoon

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Where Does Depression Hurt? A Map of World Clinical Diagnoses

The second leading cause of disability, clinical depression is a widespread disorder. A new study shows the rates at which each country suffers depression and speculates as to the reasons why, for example, Afghanistan has the most incidences of depression while Japan has the fewest.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Ramblin’ Man

Four decades after his Vietnam experience, John Kerry has achieved what will undoubtedly be the highest post of his lifetime: secretary of state. And he’s looked like a bumbler first class. Has he also once again been a true man of his time, of a moment in which American foreign policy, as well as its claim to global moral and diplomatic leadership, is in remarkable disarray?

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Have a Quarter of Asian Men Really Committed Rape?

A statistic based on a United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence led many to believe that one in four men admitted to sexual assault in Asia and the Pacific. But is this founded on evidence or merely a misreading of the research?

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



DoD/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

America’s Misguided Pivot to Asia

China certainly is no military threat to the continental United States, or to its security, economy or major national interests.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Asia Cuts Carbon Faster Than Europe

East Asian countries are showing the most progress in reducing the carbon intensity of their economies, leaving their competitors in Europe and the U.S. in their dust.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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On Fire I Will Burn

Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE


Kids Say the Darnest Things

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Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


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