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ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

As the global economic crisis increases the importance of trade, and China and the United States eye greater engagement with Southeast Asia, ASEAN may play a more robust role in the region.

Waiting on the Eurozone

While Greece has failed to meet the budget requirements mandated by the EU and the IMF, experts say eurozone leaders will likely continue to bailout the country because the costs of letting it go are far greater.

Fixing Finance

As the global financial sector has swelled, the gap between the rich and the poor has grown.

Hegemony and After

Yet another bout of worry about long-term U.S.

Google Translate Misfires on Egypt’s Future President

While Egyptians were busy voting for a new president, a glitch in Google Translate’s system accidentally revived the presidency of Hosni Mubarak. When one types “I will respect Egypt’s future president” in English, the Arabic translation is, “I will respect President Hosni Mubarak.” Mubarak, who is reportedly clinging to life on a respirator, will not be Egypt’s future president.

Better Regulation for Freer Trade

Bollyky outlines the integrated strategy that U.S.

The Global Finance Regime

A broad-sweeping look at international efforts to regulate the global financial system. This is part of the Global Governance Monitor , an interactive feature tracking multilateral approaches to several global challenges.

Hostages at Toulouse Bank Freed, Suspect Detained

A gunman who took four hostages in a bank in Toulouse, France, has been arrested and his captives freed, after a six-hour standoff with police.

Albanian Soldier Dies in Attack in Southern Afghanistan

Albanian soldiers belonging to the NATO mission in Afghanistan came under attack on Monday, leaving at least one of them dead. It is the first fatality among the 260 Albanian troops serving in Afghanistan. The attack in the village of Robat…

Tokyo Prepares As Scientists Predict Big Quake

Experts say there is a high likelihood of a big earthquake hitting the huge metropolis of Tokyo in the next few years. Authorities are trying to ensure the city…

Remarks by Defense Secretary Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping gave these remarks on February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Teens jailed for S. Korean bullying suicide

A South Korean court sentenced two teenagers to prison terms Monday after they admitted bullying a school classmate until he committed suicide.

Japan posts record trade deficit

Japan — battered by a strong yen, slowing global demand and increased oil and gas imports due to last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster — posted a record trade deficit of $18.7 billion in January, according to official figures.

Fukushima: Return to the disaster zone

The journey to Fukushima Daiichi begins at the border of the 12-mile exclusion zone that surrounds the ruined nuclear complex, beyond which life has frozen in time. Weeds reclaim the…

North threatens ‘merciless’ attack

South Korea conducted live-fire military exercises near its disputed sea border with North Korea yesterday despite Pyongyang’s threat to respond with a “merciless” attack.

Mexico’s Burgeoning Economy Amid Drug Violence

Mexico’s economy and tourism industry are growing despite an escalation in drug violence in recent years, says CFR’s Shannon O’Neil as she discusses its implications for U.S.-Mexico relations, immigration, and

Inside the "Pirates of Somalia"

CNN’s Erin Burnett interviews Jay Bahadur, author of “Pirates of Somalia” on the rescue of two Americans held by pirates.

The merits of MR Kukrit

Former Thailand prime minister MR Kukrit Pramoj is remembered as not just a politician but an actor, a khon dancer, a writer, a journalist and an

Remarks by President Obama and Vice President Xi of the People’s Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting, February 2012

President Obama and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping gave these remarks at the White House on February 14, 2012.

Dozens killed in Pakistan market blast

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a market in Pakistan’s tribal region has climbed to 34, a senior government official said.

The real slumdogs: Supermodel Erin O’Connor visits Delhi’s poorest region

It’s not often that a celebrity is embarrassed by the size of their entourage. Usually it’s the bigger, the better – a signal of enduring popularity and profile. But today Erin O’Connor is visibly wincing, horrified by the pack of people who seem to have …

Jewish groups decry ‘anti-Semitic’ Venezuelan state media article

Two Jewish organizations are calling on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop what they say are anti-Semitic attacks by his government’s media.

38 killed in Mexican prison riot

At least 38 people died during a prison riot in northern Mexico on Sunday, a security official said.

Tax Increases, Debt Limit Loom Over Budget Debate

Peter Orszag outlines five basic principles for U.S. fiscal policy to follow: continue short-term economic support, enact automatic stabilizers, couple stimulus with delayed deficit reduction, raise

Saint-Gobain on expansion trail

THE Saint-Gobain Group, Europe’s largest building materials supplier, plans to expand in Malaysia and other parts of Asia. Saint-Gobain, whose sales growth is affected by Europe’s …

Work Stalls at NYC World Trade Center Site as Steel Beams Fall 40 Stories

Work was halted today at the World Trade Center construction site in lower Manhattan after a crane dropped steel beams that fell about 40 stories onto the truck that

Japan's silver age spenders mean gold for business

Business and government adapt to massive new population of retired people

Asia Stocks Equal Record Win Streak as China Pledges Help on Europe Crisis

Asian stocks rose this week, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index equaling its longest streak of advances, as China pledged to do more to help Europe cope with the

Lessons Learned: Richard Nixon Goes to China

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972 and discusses the importance of diplomacy in international relations.

How to Mend U.S.-China Ties

As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the United States, CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy says Washington must address the trust deficit with Beijing as the top policy priority.

Emperor’s bypass surgery ‘a success’

Japan’s 78-year-old emperor is recovering from successful cardiac bypass surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

How bright lights of Pattaya seduced Iran’s bungling Bangkok bombers

It was the week when rumours of a new war with Iran became unstoppable, when all the talk was of red lines being crossed and options narrowing. But it was to culminate in a bloody farce.

New Maldives leader agrees to poll

The country’s new leader has reportedly softened his stance and agreed to hold early elections to break a political impasse after his predecessor resigned.

State Department Briefing on Global Climate Change and Clean Air Initiative, February 2012

A senior Department of State official gave this telephone briefing on February 16, 2012 regarding an upcoming coalition on climate change and clean air.

Illegal Immigration and the 2012 Campaign

Shannon K. O’Neil discusses the role illegal immigration plays in the 2012 U.S. presidential race and says the rhetoric does not always match up to current immigration realities.

Ecuador high court upholds $40 million libel suit

Ecuador’s highest court has upheld a conviction and a $40 million judgment against a newspaper in a case that pitted the paper’s directors and a former opinion editor against the country’s president.

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Thailand falters as its neighbours rise rapidly

First, it was Cambodia, then Vietnam and Laos. After three decades, Burma has become in the past six months the region’s new darling. With the once pariah state joining the road of reformation, …

EU Eases Burma Sanctions

The European Union on Friday eased some sanctions against Burma in response to political reforms initiated by the Southeast Asian country’s nominally-civilian government, which took power last year…

New North Korean leader following in his father’s goose steps

Goose-stepping soldiers marched by the memorial palace for North Korea’s late leaders as Kim Jong-un yesterday presided over a military birthday commemoration for his father.

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