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Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak is accused of making millions off the mammoth 1MDB

Commentary: The reinvention of Najib Razak, former prime minister of Malaysia

Najib Razak has maintained a strong social media presence amid an incredibly high-profile trial, says James Chin.


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Commentary: Space travel? Virgin Galactic leads the race

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Why Singapore is ripe for an electric vehicle revolution

But we first need to get our act together on pricing in the carbon costs of regular cars and provide more information on where ...

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After failing to board a second flight and fearing they were about to be 'forcibly

Hong Kong Protests*

Hong Kong protests Oct 13

Commentary: Has the use of violence in Hong Kong’s protests backfired?

It is strong public consensus and widespread pressure, rather than violence, which have cajoled the Hong Kong government to ...

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Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Top Asia Pacific

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump and North Korea's Kim meet at the start of their summit in Si

Commentary: Kim Jong Un is using North Korea's nuclear capabilities for extortion

North Korea's blustery statements reflect the Kim regime's confidence and its perceived position of strength vis-à-vis the ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

Chinese-made cars waiting to be loaded on a ship for export in Lianyungang, in China's eastern

Commentary: China must make its huge domestic market size a source of growth

China must fundamentally transform its growth model and ensure the generation of greater income growth within its domestic ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Sleep, not bad posture, explains neck pain

It's often said that "bad posture" can cause neck pain but science seems to indicate that other factors might be at play, says ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: Half a billion on Halloween pet costumes? The US’ out-of-control consumerism

The Palo Alto neighbourhood alone, where Silicon Valley’s tech stars live, is a sight to behold as local moguls try to outdo ...

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The Gaia satellite collected the data on some 1.7 billion stars from its unique vantage point in

Modern Business

Trader works on the floor at the NYSE in New York

Commentary: Fears of a financial crisis around corner drive US Fed's rate cuts

The US Fed cut rates for the third time in as many months. This is practically unheard of in a strong economy, says Georgetown ...

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create


Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc's F8 developers conference in San Jose

Commentary: The world's most powerful teenager? Facebook

The Instagram age has given rise to a new class — the “influencers”, who persuade their followers to buy and think in certain ...

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Ageing Societies

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Commentary: Living with dementia, anguish and guilt plague families caring for loved ones

Families often learn to adapt to new physical needs, but are ill-equipped to deal with the emotional resolve the condition ...

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NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera image of earth

Climate Change

carbon emissions

Commentary: What if governments and firms measure the one thing that matters most – carbon productivity?

Labour productivity is less important than you might think. People are not a finite resource, but allowable carbon emissions ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: How can I beat the curse of endless office emails?

Tired of that never-ending stream of work emails? We should not have allowed technology to doom us to endless distraction, ...

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In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, a child in a stroller holds a sign as people rally

Married Life

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Commentary: Here’s what youths say helped them cope with their parents’ divorce

Being told what is going to happen in advance helps children make sense of their changing family situation, says expert Susan ...

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InTheUnited States

President Donald Trump makes a statement following reports that U.S. forces attacked Islamic State

Commentary: Will killing Islamic State leader Baghdadi give Trump a boost in the polls?

Some believe that presidents can boost their approval ratings by waging wars abroad, but such boosts are often short-lived, ...

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China's economy expanded at its slowest pace for nine years in the third quarter, fuelling

US China Relations

China's top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He (L), has warned Beijing "must

Commentary: The problem with a Phase One US-China trade deal

Any Phase One agreement between the US and China regarding trade and currency will hurt more than help in addressing one of ...

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FILE PHOTO: A researcher plants a semiconductor on an interface board which is placed under a micro

Global Headwinds

Asian stocks

Commentary: Why are we playing chicken with global recession risks?

There are now several geo-economic games of chicken playing out. Failure to compromise would lead to a collision and a global ...

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A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Cli

World News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is confident he can lead his party to an election victory and take

Commentary: Britain rolls the dice with a snap election in December

The threat of a no-deal Brexit has merely been delayed, not removed, says an the University of Nottingham's Chris Stafford.

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

Jho Low Malaysia 1MDB

Commentary: Jho Low’s fantastic Houdini disappearing act

Jho Low may be a simple Penang boy who thirsts for greater things. Malaysia is just too small for him, says James Chin.

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