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As US-Taliban Peace Process Collapses, an Opportunity for Russia?

On September 9, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that talks with the Taliban were “dead,” after the militant group carried out a car bombing in Kabul which killed a U.S. soldier. Trump’s remarks followed his cancellation of a meeting with the Taliban at Camp David and dashed hopes for a U.S.-Taliban agreement to end the war in Afghanistan. Like much of the rest of the international community, Russia expressed disappointment with the breakdow..

Taiwan Warns Against Travel to China, Hong Kong After Detention of Taiwanese Nationals

Travel to China and Hong Kong is not safe for Taiwanese nationals regardless of political affiliation, the island’s ruling party warned recently amid fresh revelations in the cases of two Taiwanese nationals who went missing in China. Tsai Chin-shu, chairman of an organization promoting cross-strait interactions, has been missing for over a year since traveling to Xiamen in July 2018, Taiwan’s semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation confirmed l..

Japan Rejects Lockheed Martin Plans for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft

AdvertisementJapan has rejected proposals by foreign aircraft manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, to develop a next-generation combat aircraft based on existing designs under the F-X future fighter program, according to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA). “Based on previous discussions, the option of ‘developing derivatives of existing fighters’ cannot be a candidate from th..

Beijing’s New Man in Hong Kong

AdvertisementThe State Council, the government of the People’s Republic of China, has appointed a new director to head the Liaison Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). Luo Huining replaces Wang Zhimin, who was the director of the Liaison Office from September 2017. Wang was reportedly dismissed from his post. The leadership change comes after more than six months of widespread anti-Beijing protests and clashes in Hong Kong..

North Korean Founder Kim Il Sung Did Not Have the Ability to Teleport, State...

North Korean state media have issued a report denying that the country’s leaders have mythical powers, a possible signal that current leader Kim Jong Un is attempting to undo the deification of his predecessors. In North Korea, Kim Jong Un, his father Kim Jong Il and his grandfather Kim Il Sung enjoy god-like status built up by a state-driven cult of personality. Countless myths tell of their purported exploits, some of which are taught to child..

A Gloomy Outlook for Thailand in 2020

AdvertisementThailand’s 2019 was a big year, dominated by the March election and its fallout as well as its chairmanship of ASEAN. But 2020 is shaping up to be even larger, with no signs of the drought affecting much of the country ending and the Mekong River drying out with the potential to become a regional flashpoint. The battle to keep the baht down will continue long into the new year, threatening tourism and export sectors and stressing Pri..

NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games

PYEONGCHANG: Joshua Cooper Ramo, the commentator who offended locals during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations, has been taken off the air, U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Monday. "Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air," an NBC spokesman said in an email to Reuters. NBC had announced in December that Ramo would be an on-air contributor at the Games for NBC, having previously served as an expert on culture and geo-political issues during the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the network. Ramo, who has written books on China and is a corporate director of Starbucks Corp and FedEx Corp, said as athletes paraded into the Games stadium on Friday that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation". Koreans around the world criticized his re..

Clean Gloves, Dirty Practices: Debt Bondage in Malaysia’s Rubber Glove Industry

AdvertisementOn October 1, the Malaysian rubber glove manufacturer WRP Asia Pacific had an incoming call from the Trump administration. Not a phone call, but a wake-up call: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced an import ban on WRP’s gloves due to “evidence of multiple indicators of forced labor.” Previous media investigations of WRP found migrant workers subjected to passport confiscations, illegal withholding of pay, restrict..

Islamic State Claims Deadly Blast at Afghan Shiite Center

Advertisement KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 41 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Thursday in a bombing at a Shiite cultural center in Kabul that also houses a news agency, Afghan officials said. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. It was the latest in a series of mass-casualty attacks against Shiite targets by the militant group’s Afghan affiliate. The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has documented more than a dozen attacks since January 2016, with hundreds of Shiites dead or wounded. One of the deadliest was in October, when suicide bombers killed at least 57 worshipers in a Shiite mosque in Kabul, the capital, and injured dozens more. “I have little doubt that this attack deliberately targeted civilians,” said Toby Lanzer, the acting head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan. “Today in Kabul we have witnessed another truly despicable crime in a year already marked by unspeakable atrocities.” In the assault on Thursday, one suicide bo..

K-pop stars carry singer's coffin after suicide

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