• Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime – and so are a lot of US allies0

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    • October 23, 2018

    Trump, like Obama before him, has enjoyed a close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s royal family. AP Photo/Evan Vucci 23 October 2018 Jeffrey Fields, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has put the United States’ relationship with

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  • Singapore launches regional investment agency to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative0

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    • October 23, 2018

    Global financial hub positions itself as broker to help meet Asia’s looming infrastructure investment gap worth an estimated US$460 billion annually Tuesday, 23 October, 2018 Reuters Singapore launched a government agency on Tuesday to support infrastructure projects across Asia, which need billions of dollars in funding, and make them more appealing to financial institutions and

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  • Repatriation Of Rohingya Refugees: An Aberration On India’s Humanitarian Legacy 0

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    • October 23, 2018

    October 23, 2018 IDSA By D. Padma Kumar Pillay* On October 04, 2018, India handed over seven Rohingya immigrants to the Myanmar authorities at Moreh on the India-Myanmar border. The Supreme Court allowed their deportation on the ground that Myanmar had accepted them as citizens. Around 40,000 Rohingya refugees are believed to be in India,

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  • World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause0

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    • October 22, 2018

    A man walks through a greenhouse in northeastern Uganda where sustainable agriculture techniques such as drought-resistant crops and tree planting are taught, Oct. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Adelle Kalakouti Jessica Eise, Purdue University and Kenneth Foster, Purdue University World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations’ annual food security report.

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  • Bangladesh: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, anti-semitism and offensive posts0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Monday, October 22, 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy, anti-semitism and offensive posts Sajeeb Wazed Joy is the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, one of her mother’s official advisers and, apparently, the governing party’s chief propagandist. Many of his articles and Facebook posts are full of falsehoods, lies and misrepresentations – see here aboutdisappearances, here

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  • Drought in Afghanistan hits food supply0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Satellite imagery makes it clear that snow and rainfall have been exceedingly sparse in parts of the world, including Afghanistan, and this is leading to drought and displacement Kasha Patel, October 17, 2018 Food production is influenced by myriad conditions: Weather that is too dry, too wet, too hot, or too cool can severely affect

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  • The Saudi regime does not represent Islam0

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    • October 22, 2018

    The Khashoggi affair is yet another reason for the world to abandon the assumption that the kingdom represents Islam. 20 Oct 2018 On October 19, Saudi Arabia admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, saying he died in brawl, but made no mention of where his body is. [Reuters] The recent

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  • US army general wounded in Afghanistan attack0

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    • October 22, 2018

    AFP October 22, 2018  US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley suffers at least one gunshot wound in the Thursday’s attack.— Courtesy: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence A US army general was among those injured in a Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound last week in Kandahar province,

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  • With election over, Bhutan can woo China with India’s blessing0

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    • October 22, 2018

    The Himalayan kingdom wants to reduce dependence on old ally India and establish diplomatic ties with China To do so, its new government faces a hard but not impossible task: solving the border dispute that led to a military stand-off in Doklam PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2018 S. D. Muni SCMP Today: HK Edition

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  • Corruption and development: Bangladesh bridge collapse is a familiar story0

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    • October 22, 2018

    In Bangladesh, it is easy to find many such stories of superficial development. Development cannot be sustained in the long term because it takes place using substandard material, mainly due to corruption and lack of good governance, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor By Minhazur Rahman Rezvi Oct 22, 2018 Development means positive

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  • Arms sales to Saudi Arabia give Trump all the leverage he needs in Khashoggi affair0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Arms sales to Saudi Arabia give Trump all the leverage he needs in Khashoggi affair American-made F-15 warplanes fly over Riyadh. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar Terrence Guay, Pennsylvania State University Among Donald Trump’s many unusual characteristics as president is his frankness. Last week, after the disappearance and apparent torture and murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal

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  • Why the new H-20 subsonic stealth bomber could be a game changer for China0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Sunday, 21 October, 2018   State media says aircraft is making ‘great progress’ and military analysts expect it will make maiden flight soon Analysts say it’s being developed to break America’s military advantage in the western Pacific China’s subsonic stealth bomber the H-20 is making “great progress”, according to state broadcaster CCTV, and military analysts

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  • India, Bangladesh and three dying rivers0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Dam building and pollution have turned these transboundary rivers into dirty sludge, unable to sustain life Fisherman Gurudayal Haldar says rampant pollution in the Atreyee River has cause a drastic fall in catch (All photos by Gurvinder Singh) Gurvinder Singh, October 19, 2018 Gurudayal Haldar, 62, has been a fisherman for the past five decades

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  • Arms and influence in the Khashoggi affair0

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    • October 20, 2018

    President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Russell E. Lucas, Michigan State University President Donald Trump’s reaction to the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul reveals important details about the declining influence of U.S. in the Middle East. As a scholar who follows

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