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Spring is the time for conferences. I was lucky to join two excellent conferences last week, one in Singapore organized by the Nanyang Technological University Para Limes Institute on "Silent Transformations," followed by another on "Advancing Asia -- Investing for the Future," organized by the IMF and the Ministry of Finance, India in New Delhi.
 
The modern age of geopolitics began just over a century ago. The influence of geographical factors on international relations was first highlighted by Sir Halford Mackinder in his famous paper submitted to the Royal Geographical Society in 1904. He extended the scope of geopolitical analysis to encompass the entire world...
 
On Saturday, March 5 members of Democrats Abroad in Taiwan voted to award delegates to their party's presidential candidate nominating convention from among overseas voters who register to vote in a "global primary" rather than vote in a primary or caucus in a United States state or territory.
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A 2013 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations shows that 51 percent of South Asia's 1.6 billion people are directly engaged in agriculture and 42 percent of South Asia's landmass is under agricultural use.
 
In line at the bank. Queuing up at the fuel station. A slow-moving procession at the passport department. In an endless column to get gas. At the window on a dreary February morning, sky overcast, with a light drizzle beginning.
 
It's a fact that not all of Penang's state government leaders are true-blue Penangites. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was born in Johor and spent his childhood in Malacca.
 
The Feb. 17 meeting was the third between Aung San Suu Kyi and military Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing since the National League for Democracy's (NLD) electoral victory in November last year.
 
Most districts in Nepal face a food deficit every year. The number of people who produce enough food for themselves is low. In addition, there is an inadequate number of warehouses for food storage, and the few that are available are not well-managed or in regular operation.
 
Thai policymakers, dictators, military leaders or what-have-you have never learned how to handle criticism from the international press and the recently issued regulation for foreign media reflects that long-standing mindset.
 
Perak's holding midfielder Mohd Nasir Basharuddin once said: "The fans are entitled to their opinion but they must also know that we are doing our best to win matches."
 
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