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  • Malala’s father talks about his book ‘Let Her Fly’0

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    • December 4, 2018

    In an exclusive interview with Asia Times, Ziauddin Yousafzai discusses his memoir, feminism, Malala’s future prospects and Pakistan’s fight against religious extremism By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid December 4, 2018  Malala Yousafzai with her father Ziauddin, who recently launched his book ‘Let Her Fly’ based on her rise to become an activist for girls’ education and

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  • Water crisis puts trade war into perspective for China0

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    • November 23, 2018

    Two major reports illustrate the problems facing the world’s second-largest economy By Asia Times staff November 23, 2018 Crescent Moon Lake in the Gobi Desert in Gansu province. Water is more scarce in northern China as rivers and glaciers dry up because of climate change and dams and pollution affect waterways. Photo: iStock China’s trade

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  • Baloch separatists claim attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi0

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    • November 23, 2018

    Five killed in raid by group that considers China an ‘oppressor’ of their people, because of the huge economic corridor to Gwadar port and its harsh treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid November 23, 2018  Pakistani security guards stand next to burnt-out cars in front of the Chinese consulate after an attack

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  • Pakistan strongly rejects Trump’s ‘do nothing for us’ claims0

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    • November 21, 2018

    The online war of words between Donald Trump and Imran Khan underline the rift between the two nations By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid November 21, 2018 Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, addresses supporters in Lahore. Photo: Reuters / Mohsin Raza Pakistan has reacted strongly to US President

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  • When in doubt, blame the Pakistanis0

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    • November 20, 2018

    By Turyal Azam Khan November 20, 2018 In an exclusive interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, US President Donald Trump seemed to be blaming everyone except his administration for America’s foreign affairs problems. Since the interviewee left no stone unturned, it was no surprise that Pakistan got a special mention. But should Islamabad care anymore

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  • Police officer’s murder sparks unfair accusations0

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    • November 16, 2018

    Image credit www.thenews.com.pk   By Imad Zafar November 16, 2018  The brutal murder of a high-ranking police officer who was abducted in Islamabad and taken to Afghanistan has raised serious concerns about the growing involvement of external hands in Pakistani affairs. Superintendent Tahir Dawar, who was head of Peshawar police’s rural area circle, was kidnapped from the federal

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  • Myanmar: End of days for Suu Kyi’s iconography0

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    • November 14, 2018

    Amnesty International’s withdrawal of Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ prize underlines the fact she was never really a rights champion after all By David Scott Mathieson Yangon, November 14, 2018 An activist holds a poster of then pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally calling for peace and democracy in

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  • Rajapakse loses no confidence motion in Sri Lanka0

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    • November 14, 2018

    Sri Lankan MPs attend a meeting with parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at the Parliament Building in Colombo. Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi Ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe managed to fight on as opposition parties came together to defeat Rajapakse’s government by a voice vote By Kris Thomas Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 14, 2018 The crisis in Sri

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  • Iran prepares cryptocurrency as US cuts SWIFT services0

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    • November 13, 2018

    According to the US Treasury Department, Iran has now been cut off from the SWIFT financial messaging system. Photo: iStock Tehran feels forced to turn to crypto and will start to issue ‘digital Rial’ to banks and institutions for payment testing and interbank settlements By Luke Thompson November 13, 2018 Iran has now been cut

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  • Why a strategic port in Iran was exempted from sanctions0

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    • November 12, 2018

    For the US, it makes more sense to allow India to continue developing Chabahar port than for China to ‘hijack’ yet another strategically important port By Kambaiz Rafi November 12, 2018 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the inauguration of Chabahar port on December 3, 2017. Photo: Iranian Presidency / AFP A port in Chabahar, Iran’s

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  • Iran could be the key to cementing India and Japan ties0

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    • November 12, 2018

    Washington granted a sanctions waiver on the Chabahar port in Iran. That could provide an axis as India, Japan and the US try to counter China’s Eurasian reach By Peter J. Brown November 12, 2018  A scenic part of Iran’s strategic Chabahar Port, which will serve a growing volume of Afghan traffic. Photo: AFP US

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  • Global spotlight on Bangladesh’s upcoming elections0

    By S K CHATTERJI* The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the eighth most populous country in the world, is holding general elections later this year. Notwithstanding how the contest pans out, South and Southeast Asian countries, China, Japan and even the US, UK and a host of Nato countries will be focused on Bangladesh. With China trying

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