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African Maasai dancers

China has grabbed headlines over the last few days by announcing that they will invest US$60 billion dollars towards economic development in Africa over the next three years. Much of the aid will come in the form of interest-free loans. The plan includes funding for major infrastructure projects, particularly...

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generic medications

An official voice from the S.E. Asian wilderness has finally spoken publicaly about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and it is markedly disagreeable. The TPP, or what the U.S. media has labelled “Obama trade,” is an outright giveaway to U.S. corporations, especially big pharmaceutical companies who hope that this...

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aerial drone

As of yesterday, Singapore Post became the first postal service company in the world to officially use a drone to deliver mail. The test run began from the coast of Singapore to Pulau Ubin, a small sparsely populated island just to the northeast. In total, the trip took five...

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street sign for airport traffic

AirAsia Bhd takes in about 20% of its income from non-airfare sources—charges for goods and services such as in-flight meals, hotel/car rentals and also revenue from joint-ventures. To take this a step further, company chairman Tony Fernandes has just announced that they will be expanding into e-commerce in the...

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Beijing Summer Palace Bronze Qilin Statue

China has been hoping to develop its own marketable computer operating system (OS) for years, and now it seems as if they have one. Already in use and providing government offices with an alternative to Windows, the Linux-based system is named NeoKylin OS, and it is an improved version...

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Thai women holding computer displaying eBay site

eBay is making a push to encourage more Thailand-based businesses to set up shop on the e-commerce site, in an effort to maintain their market share in the region. The online retail hub has been operating in the country for the past six years and, in all of Southeast...

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Ramen

The Cool Japan Fund is an investment vehicle supported by the Japanese government and private enterprise. Its mission… to help spread Japanese “coolness” globally. The idea behind the fund is to help create (and push) the demand for businesses derived from Japanese culture and lifestyle. The fund recently declared...

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