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In memory of Queen Elizabeth II

In memory of Queen Elizabeth II

By Dr. Hassan Humeida KIEL, GERMANY: September 8, 2022 was a sad day. This is not just for the people of Britain and Europe, but also for all people in the world. The news that day carried the sad news “The Death of the Queen”. Who should be queen because there is only one Queen in the […]

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan presidents discuss tense border situation, agree on demarcation action

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan presidents discuss tense border situation, agree on demarcation action

Kyrgyzstan President Sadyr Zhaparov and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon (Kabar) holding talks in Samarkand BISHKEK: A cease-fire appeared remains shaky in the restive border area between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan where reportedly almost half of the 970-kilometer Kyrgyz-Tajik border has yet to be demarcated. However, high hopes for full cease-fire and peace are emerging after Kyrgyzstan […]

New international honor for Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo

New international honor for Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo

NEW YORK: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo will be honored at the annual Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards on September 19. The president will be honored for his leadership during Indonesia’s G-20 presidency, efforts to build bridges to end the devastating war in Ukraine, and wider advocacy for human rights, democracy, and a more robust global […]

U.N. chief appoints former Kyrgyzstan president as Afghanistan envoy

U.N. chief appoints former Kyrgyzstan president as Afghanistan envoy

UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed former president of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva as his new Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Otunbayeva replaces Deborah Lyons who stepped down in mid-June, the United Nations said in a statement. According to the U.N. statement, Otunbayeva brings […]

Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia mark Independence Day with renewed commitment to unity, national identity

Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia mark Independence Day with renewed commitment to unity, national identity

President Sadyr Zhaparov BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan and Malaysia celebrated their “Independence Day” by stressing their deep commitment to national identity and unity. For Kyrgyzstan, the 31st anniversary of its independence was an occasion to re-affirm its rich history, national spirit and love for freedom. It was also a new opportunity to reiterate the call to exert […]

Torrential rains devastate Pakistan as hundreds reported killed

Torrential rains devastate Pakistan as hundreds reported killed

By Nasir Aijaz The AsiaN Representative  ISLAMABAD: As the power-hungry politicians of ruling and opposition parties of Pakistan remained ‘busy’ in political intrigues neglecting the miseries of the masses, the five spells of torrential rains that started in first week of July, have caused flash floods in urban as well as rural areas devastating almost entire […]

South Korean President: We must respond with worse-than-expected scenarios in mind

South Korean President: We must respond with worse-than-expected scenarios in mind

  SEOUL (Yonhap): South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol apologized to the nation on Wednesday after heavy rains triggered massive flooding in southern Seoul this week and sparked criticism the capital city lacks adequate flood control measures. Yoon offered the apology during a government meeting on the response to the flooding in Seoul and surrounding areas, […]

Ire among some in Singapore over Sri Lankan Terminator’s stay

Ire among some in Singapore over Sri Lankan Terminator’s stay

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: The unexpected arrival in Singapore of former Sri Lankan strongman Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 73, on July 1, has caused anger among some people in the Republic and raised inconvenient questions for the authorities here. Critics, overlooking the fact that he tendered his resignation the following day, […]

Shinzo Abe’s murder raises troubling questions

Shinzo Abe’s murder raises troubling questions

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The tragic untimely death of Shinzo Abe at the hands of an assassin has raised some troubling questions. One: Is there a shortcoming that in a robust democracy like Japan citizens still have to resort toviolence to resolve their grievances against politicians? The former Japanese […]

Safety Waves versus Death Waves

Safety Waves versus Death Waves

A keynote speech at the 60th African literature and writers’ anniversary conference By Ashraf Aboul-Yazid IBADAN, NIGERIA: In our time, we live in more than one circle; circles that narrow and widen, touch, overlap and intersect, and sometimes even resist each other, and contradict with other circles. They are circles described as private and public, […]

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