• Trump strikes a blow in US-China struggle with Build Act to contain Xi’s Belt and Road0

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    • October 20, 2018

    Photo: AFP The just-passed US Build Act will create a new agency to lend to developing countries, particularly in Asia and Africa The legislation elevates the US into a potent player in global development financing, five years after Xi Jinping launched his… By Bhavan Jaipragas   20 Oct 2018 Democrats and Republicans in the United States

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  • Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Afghan General Abdul Raziq (C), police chief of Kandahar, poses for a picture during a graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Kandahar province on 19 February, 2017. JAWED TANVEER / AFP 19 OCTOBER 2018 The Taliban have claimed the assassination of an influential Afghan police chief and another official in an attack that narrowly

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  • Not Only Khashoggi: License to kill0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Not Only Khashoggi License to Kill Larry Diamond      18 October 2018 We must make it clear, not only to the Saudi monarchy but to all the world’s dictators, that they cannot murder their opponents with impunity. “You can’t betray [us] and not get punished for it.  Anyone, even those still alive, will reap

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  • India’s Skillful Posturing With the US0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US Congress in 2017. Second, the United States withdrew from the

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  • India: why collecting water turns millions of women into second-class citizens0

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    • October 19, 2018

    The reality for many women in India. Shutterstock Gayathri D Naik, SOAS, University of London A family in India needs fresh water. But this family can’t just turn on a tap. Instead, the women in the household must walk to fetch it, sometimes travelling miles carrying plastic or earthenware pots, possibly with a child or

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  • Trade Threats and Responses0

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    • October 19, 2018

      By Evan Rogerson     19 October 2018 Synopsis As the clouds of trade war continue to gather, the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at RSIS is convening on 24-25 October 2018 a high-level informal meeting among officials, the private sector and academics from around the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the threat and what can be

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  • Sri Lankans flock to St. Vaz relic0

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    • October 19, 2018

      The missionary braved a smallpox epidemic in the 17th century to help save Catholicism from a Calvinistic Dutch purge Catholics gather at a church to pay their respects to a relic of St. Joseph Vaz. (ucanews.com photo) ucanews.com reporter, Negombo Sri Lanka October 19, 2018 Ayoma Mary Fernando recently prayed in front of the

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  • Durga Puja – Bengal’s Cultural Magna Carta0

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    • October 18, 2018

    Durga Puja – Bengal’s Cultural Magna Carta We need to view broad-spectrum ‘state deities’ like Bengal’s Durga not so much as gods but as platforms that offered recognition to aspirational classes for having ‘arrived’. Durga Puja. Credit: PTI Jawhar Sircar 18 October 2018 During Durga Puja, the indomitable spirit and irrepressible energies of Bengalis literally

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  • Afghan Police, Intelligence Chiefs Killed In Shooting Attack0

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    • October 18, 2018

    Last Updated: October 18, 2018  RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan The police chief, Abdul Raziq, was reportedly killed at the governor’s office. The police chief and intelligence head of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar have been killed in a shooting attack, officials say, in a major blow to the West-backed government in Kabul. The Taliban

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  • Russia and India: As Close As Lips & Teeth?0

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    • October 18, 2018

    By Chris Cheang   18 October 2018 Synopsis President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October 2018 for the 19th annual bilateral summit saw the signing of a major weapons system. This served relatively well Russia’s domestic and foreign policy objectives. Commentary RUSSIA AND India signed agreements in the fields of space, nuclear energy, railways

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  • Indian govt blamed over fate of missing Muslim student0

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    • October 18, 2018

      Call for a thorough investigation of hard-line Hindu students who scuffled with Najeeb Ahmed before he disappeared Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb Ahmed who went missing from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2016, cries as she addresses a protest march in New Delhi on Oct 15 which marked the second year of the disappearance of

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  • Rohingya fear death as India begins deportation0

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    • October 18, 2018

      Modi government accused of ignoring international obligations as 40,000 face return to uncertain future in Myanmar Supporters of the ruling pro-Hindu party BJP demonstrate on March 23 in the West Bengal state capital Kolkata against what they call the infiltration of Rohingya Muslim minorities into India. (Photo by IANS) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India October

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  • Xinjiang official defends ‘education centres’ for Uighur Muslims0

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    • October 17, 2018

    16 October 2018 The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism. He said “trainees” were grateful for the opportunity

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  • Sing for solidarityA Kyrgyz singer sparks a debate about sexism0

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    • October 17, 2018

    In a country where some women are still kidnapped and forced to marry, her voice is welcome Economist Print edition | Asia Oct 11th 2018| ALMATY WHEN Zere Asylbek, a 19-year-old singer from Kyrgyzstan, took to YouTube with a lyrical cry for equality, she did not expect to draw much attention, let alone death threats. The

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