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 After yoga, meditation breaks into the mainstream
It is 5pm, otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet – half an hour at meditation studio “Mndfl”.

Japan shouldn’t sit at negotiating table while US is twisting arms on trade
DIFFERENCES in the positions of the Japanese and US governments on trade have been laid bare.

The high price of political incompetence
There are lessons Thailand and Philippines can learn from each other in dealing with terrorism

Asean connectivity is accelerating 
Transport is crucial to regional integration in the borderless era of globalisation.

No winners in America’s long war with UN
Any gains for US taxpayers and Israel in the withdrawal from Unesco will be minimal and short-lived

‘Co-living’: Has London found the answer to big-city housing crises?
The 10-storey building may look like a hotel, but it is thought to be the world’s biggest large-scale house-share, offering modest rooms and upscale services for hundreds of young adults caught in London’s housing crisis.

Shallow graves in Thailand’s drug warehouse
Casualties of the country’s lost ‘war’ pile up in Ayutthaya

What if Trump puts ‘America First’ on his Asia trip?  
For Asia and the rest of the world, what a United States leader does and says on overseas summit trips counts. This will be especially true when President Donald Trump makes his first swing through Asia early next month. 

Why Zuckerberg needs to come here
Thailand is uniquely poised to become this region’s e-commerce nexus, and Chinese online giants are on their way

Regardless what we call attacks on Rohingya, protection must be prioritised
As attacks against Rohingya Muslims continue in Myanmar, there’s been as much discussion about what to call the situation as there’s been about what to do about it.

Marawi is finally liberated, but at what cost to Southeast Asia? 
Filipinos are heaving sighs of relief at news that Marawi was liberated this week from an Islamic State franchise and fellow militant outfits, after nearly five months of fighting. 

What Xi’s second term can bring Asean
Our region has suffered due to Beijing’s divide-and-conquer approach in the South China Sea

When dictators dictate what’s right
Sudarat Keyuraphan’s loud marigold campaign might well have been inappropriate, but the generals shouldn’t be the ones saying so

Blowing up the buried treasures of Pakistani Kashmir
The people of Pakistani Kashmir are sitting on a treasure chest: Millions of rubies, estimated to be worth up to half a billion dollars, are lying beneath them. 

Turning weed into wine
The Middle East’s famed cannabis fields are falling under the sway of an older spirit

Sleepless in India as alarm bells ring in Modi’s economy
Who is sleeping well in India in these days of economic gloom and the terrifying spectre of joblessness?

Gleaming royal humour lives on in a thousand little stories
Columnist’s note: There is no doubt that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was witty.

Self-portrait of the artist as a refugee  
Ai Weiwei on art, exile and his film ‘Human Flow’

New life brings fresh hope – and desperation – amid exodus   
The afternoon call to prayer sounds out around the Kutupalong refugee camp as Hasina Aktar leaves the makeshift clinic where she gave birth 24 hours earlier, barely able to walk and carrying her infant son and major doubts about their future.

Plea to world’s parliamentarians: Help save Cambodian democracy
I appeal to the representatives of 173 parliaments now gathered in St Petersburg at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly, for their help to save the principle of parliamentary representation in Cambodia.



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