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Thai tourism businesses are bracing for the economic fallout from the bomb attacks that killed four and injured dozens of people, including foreign visitors in the seaside resort Hua Hin plus Phuket, two of the country's major tourist destinations.
 
Contrary to widespread fears during the weeks before the opening of the Rio Olympics, not a single case of Zika virus infection involving an athlete, official or a volunteer has been reported to the Games health office.
 
As lawlessness has grown by leaps and bounds in Pakistan, the demand for private security has accordingly shot up.
 
Should a country execute its own citizens in the name of fighting crime? That remains a profoundly contentious issue for people and nations worldwide.
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Thailand marked Her Majesty the Queen's birthday and Mother's Day yesterday. Yet, unlike pervious years, when popular hashtags among online users were celebratory, yesterday's top hashtag on Twitter was #PrayForThailand.
 
These last few days the old Star Trek saying, "resistance is futile," comes to mind -- helped probably by the latest, and I have to say commendable, escapades of the USS Enterprise on the big screen.
 
A few days ago, I sat down with Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber's 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey. Published in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conducted on behalf of companies from a nation that is the largest investor in Southeast Asia, the document makes for interesting reading.
 
One week after the launch of little, well-known monsters in an augmented reality gaming application called "Pokemon Go" in Thailand, the Thai junta has been on alert to tackle them as a peace and order situation.
 
In the coming days, until Aug. 21, more than 3 billion people worldwide will watch on their televisions or online through live streaming the spectacular performance of 10,500 athletes from 206 countries competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Among the many tragedies that have afflicted Karachi over the decades -- such as crime, terrorism and urban blight -- the city's solid waste problem is assuming crisis proportions.
 
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