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Time for Pheu Thai to jettison Shinawatras
With or without an election win, the party must see the risks its founding family poses

Retracing Hemingway’s love affair with Ronda
Recently, I revisited the famous Spanish town of Ronda to follow the trail of the late American writer Ernest Hemingway, who celebrated his last birthday there. Ronda is famous because the old town was built on high, stiff cliffs that make for truly dazzling scenery. It also has the enchanting Mina Secreta Y Jardines del Rey Moro, where former US first lady Michelle Obama visited some time ago.

Malaysian king abdicated amid brewing disquiet
Many have been concerned about the damage to Malaysia’s royal institution.  While there has been public debate over Sultan Muhammad V’s conduct as head of state since Pakatan Harapan won the landmark May 9 elections, the idea of the Kelantan ruler ending his reign prematurely was unthinkable, as no previous king had ever abdicated.

Thailand needs more investment in health
Thailand needs to invest more in public health in ways that bring handsome returns to the economy, health experts say. 

China shines light on the dark side of the moon
Chang’e 4’s mission across the dark side of the moon has begun in earnest. The Chinese spacecraft made history with the first soft landing on the moon’s lesser-known far side earlier this month.

People deserve more than just good PM
Over-reliance on the premier ignores the need to have a great team in government

Online media are reshaping civilisation
Behold the ‘pro-sumers’, both producing and consuming news and entertainment – whose influence is steadily spreading

Russia shouldn’t distort historical facts on isles
The foreign ministerial talks between Japan and Russia were held in Moscow. It has marked the first meeting since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Russian President Vladimir Putin named his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to be in charge of peace treaty negotiations.

Philippines must push for clarity in US defence treaty
Is it still relevant to our security? Maybe not,” Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a press conference last month, revealing his plans to review the 1951 Philippine-US Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT).

HK predicament will make Taiwan wary of China
It is a measure of the renewed tension over the status of Taiwan that President Tsai Ing-wen, has sought “international support” in response to the blunt message of President Xi Jinping – either to unite with China or “face the force” of Beijing to prevent Taiwan from seeking formal independence.

Flippant Duterte nearly justifies sexual offences
It comes with the territory: That was how President Rodrigo Duterte described the heinous crime of rape against overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in a speech last week. It’s a given for those “working as slaves [overseas],” he said. “Rape comes with the territory.”

Trump’s blunder on North Korea becoming clearer
There was doubt from the start that the Singapore summit achieved anything, and Kim indeed still has his nuclear capabilities

Fighting fine dust is a tough task
The past weekend saw another wave of fine dust blanket South Korea. Over the past 10 years, the frequency of waves of fine dust has increased steadily, causing people to worry about their negative effects on public health.

Japan and Britain must build strategic relations
During a visit to London, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in which they agreed the two nations would closely cooperate in working to maintain the free trade system.

Lackadaisical approach in tackling pollution unacceptable 
More intensive measures and greater seriousness required to deal with a problem that has become a threat to public health

Is higher pay the way to fix Indonesia’s corruption problem?
Indonesia’s National Police chief General Tito Karnavian announced recently that police officers’ allowances would be increased by up to 70 per cent and that raised the question of whether a higher pay may help fix Indonesia’s graft problem.

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…
Even before Thaksin Shinawatra entered politics, his family was involved in dubious, if not totally illegal, business documentation. In fact, it was something in his pre-Thai Rak Thai past – the massive transfers of shares from his inner circles to people who were not supposed to have them – that kick-started Thailand’s ongoing and detrimental national divide. 

A Chinese ‘re-education’ plan but at what price?
The uighur problem is not just one of  religious extremism

South seems not to count at election time
The border provinces are afire again, and yet the attention of politicians and voters lies elsewhere

Preservation of Tibetan culture linked to its modern development
Should the Tibetan autonomous region open up to the outside world?

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