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Islamic travel could be worth some US$220 billion by 2020

Muslim travellers are shaping the way countries welcome tourists

Now say hello to halal travel and segregated pools

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

A US$220 billion Islamic travel market has the world scrambling to welcome new guests and keep them in the manner to which they are accustomed. What this means for travellers from Bangkok to Tokyo. more…

The Rohingya Rubik's Cube

Myanmar Buddhist hardline monks say no to Rohingyas

Hardline Buddhist monks remain opposed to Rohingya integration

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

The rich-poor gap continues to grow

The rich-poor gap continues to grow, in USA and Europe too

Poverty is not an unknown factor, even in the USA

GRAEME MAXTON
SINGAPORE

A new book, Reinventing Prosperity, suggests radical solutions to ending the global wealth gap, and righting climate too. more…

Rule Brittania and
the rape of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 was held on a cold January morning in Coronation Park to proclaim Queen Victoria the Empress of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 proclaimed Queen Victoria the Empress of India

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As Indian manufacturing was crushed - in favour of British industry - pomp and pageantry created an aura of imperial power. more…

Why the UK has designs on China

UK exhibitors gear up for an education exhibition in China

UK exhibitors gear up for an exhibition in China to attract students

CAITLIN RANDALL
LONDON

The surge in Chinese design students in the UK could be dented by government restrictions on work and competition in China. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Read more

Guns and oil in China Sea

The disputed waters of the China Sea have seen their share of conflict, with growing tensions and clashes involving China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan. Read more

Virulent viruses sweep Asia

Asian outbreaks of Avian influenza (H7N9) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have left hundreds ill and the death toll is rising. Read more

BJP dominant as Congress retreats

BJP views - on cows or sedition - are in the mainstream now

BJP views - on cows or sedition - are in the mainstream now

RAMACHANDRA GUHA
NEW DELHI

BJP hegemony will continue in the next two decades until a true opposition - and alternative right wing thought - emerge. more…

Tackling North Korea

Ultimately, a "Sunshine" policy to bring North and South together is the only way to avoid those mushroom clouds. See world opinion

No lap dance aloft

An inflight electronics ban throws up more questions than answers. Will it really make a difference? more…