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What’s the plan if North Korea collapses?

North Korea appears to be making an orderly transition after the death of Kim Jong-il last week, but the risk of collapse is higher than before.

Mapping the course for N Korea’s future

North Korea appears to be making an orderly transition after the death of leader Kim Jong-il last week but the risk of collapse is higher than before.

Thai troops close in on protest encampment

Thai protesters ignored calls by the government to leave their central Bangkok camp on Monday as troops tightened a security cordon around the area.

Obama seeks rebalancing, Asia warns of protectionism

US President Barack Obama called on Saturday for a new strategy to rebalance global growth, but leaders took aim at signs of US trade protectionism.

Asean leaders address financial crisis at summit

South-east Asian leaders endorsed easier monetary policies and made a stand against protectionism on Sunday as they concluded a summit.

Burmese take desperate measures to survive

People in Burma were already living on the edge before the government doubled fuel prices, raising the cost of just about everything and shoving many over the precipice. The sudden announcement of fuel price hikes on August 15 became the tipping point of a crisis that had been building for a long time.

Bush offers North Korea peace deal, scolds Burma

United States President George Bush said on Friday the United States would be willing to consider a peace treaty with North Korea if it gave up its nuclear weapons programme. ''We're looking forward to the day when we can end the Korean War.'' Bush told reporters after meeting South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.

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