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3 maps explain China's real goal in the South China Sea

There's been a lot of media hype over China's ongoing military buildup in the South China Sea. But as always, the truth lies beyond the headlines.<p>Chinese action has so far been largely contained to two island groups: the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands.<p>It's true that China has indeed been …

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What's Really Behind the Populist Uprisings in the U.S. and Europe

The rise of emerging countries, especially in Asia, is putting stress on the transatlantic axis that used to run the world.<p>SINGAPORE (Project Syndicate) ― The big question in Asian countries right now is what lesson to take from Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election and from the …

India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding?

A bloody summer of protest in Kashmir has been met with a ruthless response from Indian security forces, who fired hundreds of thousands of metal pellets into crowds of civilians, leaving hundreds blinded.<p>For the past month, while the attention of the world has been fixed on every dramatic twist in …

How the world’s poorer countries breathe worse air, in charts and maps

By Max Bearak<p>Max Bearak<p>Africa bureau chief based in Nairobi<p>Email Bio Follow<p>On Sunday, India ratified its accession to the Paris climate accords on the 147th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. President Obama congratulated India in a tweet, saying that "Gandhiji believed in a world worthy …

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Solving the Pakistan puzzle

The terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in north Kashmir’s Uri by Pakistan-based terror groups has rekindled a long-standing debate in the …

Brexit has broken our political Ice Age. Bring on the revolution before the big freeze takes hold again

There are three aspects to getting Brexit right: our relationship with the remaining 27 EU states; our relationship with the rest of the world; and our consequent domestic reforms.<p>So far, attention has focused disproportionately on the first but, in truth, this aspect is the most straightforward. …

Japan and China’s maritime tensions in the South China Sea are resurfacing World War II-era wounds

Last month, Japan’s defense ministry requested a record budget of about $51 billion for fiscal 2017. At the top of its security worries: China’s maritime aggression.<p>Japan has reason to worry. In both the East China Sea and South China Sea, Tokyo faces an increasingly assertive China that looks …

Israeli and Palestinian leaders clash at UN general assembly

Netanyahu cites Palestinian rejectionism as main obstacle to peace while Abbas blames Israeli settlement expansion in West Bank<p>Israeli and Palestinian leaders have traded pointed barbs at the UN general assembly, in a rhetorical exchange that underlines the deep differences between the two sides – …

How to be a Relentless Writer Who Never Quits

Being a full time writer is one of those careers that's way harder to pull of than it looks.<p>In the old days, you had to be lucky to succeed. Some writers would go decades before getting published. Even in today's landscape, where anyone can publish anything at any time, you still face an uphill …

New York Times Magazine devotes entire issue to an article about 'How the Arab World Came Apart' - The World Today - ABC Radio

The New York Times Magazine has done something unprecedented: devoting an entire issue to a single article.<p>The story, 'Fractured Lands: How the Arab …

Are India and Pakistan heading for a nuclear showdown?

If there is no radical change in India-Pakistan relations, a nuclear exchange in South Asia is only a matter of time.<p>For the past few years, global diplomacy has been obsessed with preventing the spread of nuclear weapon ownership. Iran has been forced to deactivate its uranium-enrichment …

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India-Pakistan Relations: A Paradigm Shift

Bold words marked the 70th anniversaries of independence for both India and Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan, dedicated the day to …

India to Pakistan: No to talks over Kashmir

Foreign Ministry sources said India is prepared to discuss cross-border terrorism but not the future of the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan said …

Modi warns India will take hard line on Kashmir | The Star

On Wednesday, in response to an invitation from Pakistan, India’s foreign secretary conveyed his willingness to travel to Islamabad for bilateral …

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Turkey's Erdogan Meets Russia's Putin for 'New Page' in Restored Relations

World<p>Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat dowb with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Tuesday for a diplomatic reset — just as relations with the United States and Europe show strains after last month's failed coup.<p>The summit was aimed at ending a period of high tension and trade sanctions …

Two options for Brexit: hard or soft

“Brexit means Brexit,” Theresa May, the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, insists. It is a simple and powerful slogan that sends an unmistakable …

The largest threats facing the US across the world

In an effort to identify these challenges, The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank, has compiled and updated what they believe to be the most pressing issues for US interests.<p>For this report, The Heritage Foundation focused on three fundamental concerns: homeland defense, …

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The US won't pivot away from the Middle East

A few years ago, US President Barack Obama made much of an American pivot to East Asia, a recognition of China's emergence and regional assertiveness, and the related claim that the American role in the Asia-Pacific should be treated as a prime strategic interest that China needed to be made to …

Chilcot lets media off hook for selling Iraq war | Politics

John Chilcot's massive report on the calamitous invasion and occupation of Iraq is now out. While the report is comprehensive and unflinching in its criticism of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, there is one major omission.<p>It does not blame the British (and US) media for the critical …

Saadat Hasan Manto: 'He anticipated where Pakistan would go'

Celebrated for his stories of Indian partition, Saadat Hasan Manto was a distressingly prophetic and daring writer. But would his work have found a publisher today?<p>It was the greatest mass movement of humanity in history. In the days and months leading up to the partitioning of India in August …

Trump pushes expanded ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

By Philip Rucker ,<p>Philip Rucker<p>White House Bureau Chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Jose A. DelReal and<p>Jose A. DelReal<p>Reporter<p>Bio Follow<p>Isaac Stanley-Becker<p>Isaac Stanley-Becker<p>Reporter based in the U.K.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Donald Trump called Monday for outlawing immigrants from areas of the world with a history of …

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