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  • South Korea’s president curbs the power of prosecutors
    JEJU, AN ISLAND off South Korea’s southern coast, is known for its hiking trails, temperate climate and the tough old women who dive off its cliffs for abalone, a delicacy popular with the glitterati in Seoul, the faraway capital. It is also popula…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 11:35am -
  • Asia’s hunger for sand is harmful to farming and the environment
    THE MINERS usually prefer to work under cover of darkness. This dredger is more brazen. It is not yet sunset when the boat’s crew begin hoovering sand up from the riverbed and pumping it onto a nearby bank, where it will be collected and sold. At l…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 11:35am -
  • What next for Taiwan after Tsai Ing-wen’s emphatic victory?
    LAST AUTUMN, as China prepared to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, a slogan of President Xi Jinping’s was strung up all over Beijing: “Don’t forget the original intention. Stick to the mission.” The m…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 11:35am -
  • India’s armed forces get their biggest shake-up in decades
    WHEN JAWAHARLAL NEHRU became the prime minister of India at independence in 1947, one of his first acts was to evict the country’s commander-in-chief, General Sir Rob Lockhart, from Flagstaff House, among the grandest mansions in Delhi. In a pointe…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 11:35am -
  • Criticism of the army or government lands many Burmese in court
    BURMESE GENERALS are not accustomed to criticism. During the long years of military rule, they tended to lock up anyone who crossed them. Even after they handed most authority back to a civilian government in 2016, they have continued to torment thei…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 11:35am -
  • Flooding in Jakarta is the worst for over a decade
    “IT WAS LIKE the end of the world,” says Nurhayati, dabbing her eyes with the hem of her hijab. On December 31st swollen clouds emptied over Indonesia’s capital, dumping 377 millimetres of rain in one day. That is the most since records began i…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 10:50am -
  • A rare outbreak of polio reflects the Philippines’ poor health care
    FOR NINETEEN years the Philippines was free from polio. But in September the announcement came that two children living in provinces 900 miles apart had been paralysed by a vaccine-derived strain of the disease. The strain was also found in sewage an…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 10:50am -
  • Enthusiasm for an archaic script frightens Malaysia’s minorities
    SQUABBLES SUPERHEATED by race and religion have long plagued Malaysian politics. The latest one seems to have claimed the scalp of the country’s education minister, Maszlee Malik, who resigned on January 2nd. The trouble started when the government…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 10:50am -
  • Why was Australia’s government so ill-prepared for the bushfires?
    “A FEW BAGS and the cats” were all Brett Viewey could take when he fled his house in Kangaroo Valley, a small town in New South Wales. On January 4th he retreated to a bowling club in Nowra, a few hours south of Sydney, as a fire coursed towards…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 10:50am -
  • An assault on students brings trouble for Narendra Modi
    AISHE GHOSH is no stranger to trouble. She heads the student union at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a prestigious state-run institution of which the leafy campus in Delhi has long been a seedbed of radical activism. Even so, Ms Ghosh (pictured)…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 10:50am -

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