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    A year to remember

    Asia focus, Published on 26/12/2016

    » From the election of "Duterte Harry" in the Philippines to the affair of the "Female Rasputin" that has gripped millions of Koreans, it's been another memorable year in Asia. A few long-running political and security soap operas also continue to play out, most notably the drama in the South China Sea. As well, there is no sign that the tragedy of the Rohingya will end anytime soon. This week, Asia Focus takes a look back at some of the events and personalities that made headlines in 2016.

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    Budget Rethink?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Our dear cabinet recently approved a budget to buy 10 made-in-China tanks worth two billion baht while key members also seem keen on a plan proposed by the Royal Thai Navy to buy three submarines worth 36 billion baht. While I'm sure these dear sirs exercised their sound rationale before agreeing to such big purchases for the sake of Thailand's security, IMHO, with utmost respect, I would like to point out that there are other more beneficial ways the money could be used too.

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    Getting fatter faster

    Asia focus, Published on 23/10/2017

    » Most people tend to associate obesity with "being rich" -- as incomes rise, so too do opportunities to consume more. However, the causes of this growing public health problem are more complex, while finding solutions is a growing challenge.

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    Innovation on tap

    Asia focus, Published on 27/11/2017

    » Being able to drink water straight from the tap in your kitchen is a brilliant solution that can save you the hassle of buying plastic bottles and lugging them home every week. And of course, using less plastic is good for the environment. But can you trust the quality of the water, will it taste as good as bottled water, and can you afford it?

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    Dangerous malaria drugs

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 07/12/2011

    » Malaria resistance to drug treatment is on the rise in Southeast Asia. Drugs from China, India & Vietnam that don't follow WHO standards is the reason.

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    Hold the sugar!

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/11/2016

    » Under the country's blistering heatwave, something cold and sweet is always welcomed with open arms. Think the popular Honey Toast served with ice cream or the Korean fluffy ice-shaving Bingsu. But for a less luxurious rendition, Thais also have iced sweet drinks. Served in plastic cups from many street vendors, only a few sips of these beverages are so refreshing we might totally forget what they actually contain.

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    The hidden epidemic

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 08/02/2016

    » Kavee was 15 years old and experiencing all the joys and challenges of teenage life, but his heart sank when he saw his HIV test result.

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    Safe to eat?

    Asia focus, Published on 15/06/2015

    » The controversy over findings of excessive levels of lead in Maggi instant noodles made by Nestle in India has prompted authorities throughout the region to reassure the public about the soundness of food-safety monitoring, inspection and regulation.

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    Geckos slowly disappearing

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 11/04/2013

    » The funny sounding colorful lizards on the walls of every home are a very popular Chinese medicine.

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    Holidays from hell

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 30/07/2013

    » When violent, unforeseen events turn your dream vacation into a nightmare, who can you turn to for help and who is ultimately at fault?

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