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Chinese mainland leader Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States will be high powered, high profile and of high intensity -- Internet and big business events in Seattle, a formal summit in Washington and activities honoring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in New York.
Hong Kong's economy "lags" behind regional rivals Singapore and Macau because Hong Kongers have failed to "de-colonize" after the 1997 British handover, according to a former senior mainland official who oversaw the territory's affairs.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had his way by ramming through key legislation that would permit his forces to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.
The month of August was overshadowed by news of economic woes in China. There was a meltdown in the Chinese stock market, the growth figure was a low 7 percent, way below the historical rates of above 10 percent for two decades, and China was forced to devalue its currency to jumpstart exports.
Tens of thousands heeded the call to support Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak against demands by electoral reforms group Bersih for him to step down, but Wednesday's "red shirts" rally ended up focusing on affirming Malay rights rather than Najib's leadership.
The recent case involving the rape, assault and starvation of two Nepali women -- a 28-year-old and a 48-year-old -- by a Saudi diplomat and his acquaintances in Delhi speaks volumes of the gap between our words and actions, of our commitment and the honesty with which we deliver it, of our social reality and lofty ideals.
The photographs of Syrian refugees, women and children, as they knock on the doors of the world for entry depicts a colossal, heart-wrenching tragedy, and points to a crisis that the West has created in West Asia, one that has killed thousands of people across the region, and displaced even more.
Anyone who thinks he can predict the future of Asian finance has to know first how the real Asian economy will be doing. Projections of the future, based on past data, are notoriously inaccurate. But there are general scenarios that we can paint about the mega-trends in the global economy that will certainly shape what will happen to Asia.
Who wouldn't be moved at the sight of women, children and the elderly in the stream of refugees taking the ultimate risk, defying death itself in rickety boats or in enclosed, steaming chicken lorries, making a desperate dash for survival with a blank future in sight and the faintest hope to cling to?
Few Indonesians will know of Australia's new prime minister. But one thing is sure, few will miss the departing Tony Abbott.
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