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  • NEWS

    Heavy fighting as Taliban attack western Afghan city

    AFP, Published on 15/05/2018

    » HERAT, Afghanistan: Afghan aircraft Tuesday bombed Taliban positions in the western city of Farah after the insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital, with fearful residents seeking shelter from explosions and gunfire.

  • NEWS

    Afghan official: Taliban attack local police, killing 8

    Associated Press, Published on 22/02/2018

    » KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have attacked a police security post in central Ghazni province, killing eight local police.

  • LEARNING

    Afghan Buddha statues in danger

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 14/11/2012

    » A group of about 100 monks and Buddhists called on the United Nations and Unesco yesterday to help save the remains of ancient Buddha sculptures threatened by a copper mining project in Afghanistan.

  • OPINION

    Fifty fascinating years in Wonderland

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/04/2019

    » Having first arrived in Thailand a few days before Songkran, each year the festival approaches it sparks memories of those early days in the Kingdom. This year is slightly more significant because earlier this week marked my 50th year in Thailand, or to put it another way, roughly 18,250 days. That sounds decidedly scary. The frightening thing is that I can remember those early days better than the events of last week. The immature youth is now an immature wrinkly.

  • NEWS

    US Defense Secretary Mattis resigns over Syria pullout

    AFP, Published on 21/12/2018

    » WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned on Thursday, leading a chorus of protests at home and abroad after President Donald Trump ordered a complete troop pullout from Syria and a significant withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Mastering the message

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 18/03/2019

    » Life rarely progresses the way we intended. Sometimes, we need to adjust to unexpected circumstances and always be ready for change. Once we master the ability to adapt to unforeseen events and to constantly absorb new knowledge, it usually allows our lives to blossom in beautiful ways.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Isis destroyed

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/09/2018

    » As most of the hijackers responsible for the 9/11 outrage were Saudi Arabian, it stands to reason that the US would take the kingdom to task. Instead, Washington turned its ire on Afghanistan and Iraq. How could that be? In fact, it made sense. America is Saudi's biggest oil customer and didn't want it to stop flowing, the more than 3,000 dead at New York's Twin Towers notwithstanding.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Isis foiled

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/02/2019

    » Until a few years ago, no Western publisher dared say a word against Isis, the Muslim terrorist extremists infamous for taking umbridge and reacting violently. No longer. Isis is now targeted by the media and by novelists with impunity.

  • OPINION

    Global turmoil and Thailand's political reset

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 21/12/2018

    » As the world moves into 2019, there is a consensus that the roughly seven-decade-old rules-based liberal international order no longer works. Either it has to be fundamentally revamped to suit new realities and the international distribution of power and wealth, or it will be increasingly violated and marginalised. In a remarkable parallel, Thailand's hitherto political order that lasted about seven decades also requires adjustment and recalibration.

  • OPINION

    When shortwave radio was my best friend

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 12/03/2017

    » After 20 years the BBC is ending its foreign-language shortwave transmissions from Nakhon Sawan after failing to renegotiate its agreement with the Thai authorities. The transmissions were directed mainly at places like Afghanistan and Pakistan where radios are sometimes still the only source of news.

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