Twenty-five years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Russia is consumed by an insatiable desire for recognition as the equal of the USA.
With the official verdict being that Mao was “70 per cent good, 30 per cent bad”, his legacy is never far from the mind of today's politicians.
In an age of fear about immigration, the success of the Bangladeshi population in Britain has a deeper resonance.
A record-breaking heat wave in Rajasthan reveals how badly we lack the necessary infrastructure to cope with the human suffering climate change is already causing.
China’s aggressive claims to sovereignty in the South China Sea have angered its Asian neighbours and raised fears of a showdown with the US.
The advertising of skin whitening products has shifted from the downright offensive to the consciously discreet, but the range on offer keeps proliferating.
The death toll from recent attacks in Pakistan are still shocking, but it does represent an improvement.
Human Acts deals with the obliteration, both physical and psychic, of hundreds of its own citizens by the South Korean regime in the early 1980s.
The boyband SMAP has been an important social binder in a nation that prides itself on its sense of community and homogeneity.
Some people shudder at the thought of jellied eels, or blanch if an oyster approaches. Not I.
A succession of tragedies on the world’s highest mountain has caused tensions between western climbers, their local guides, and the Nepalese government.
From Trump to Brexit, the world is changing fast - and we need intelligent, incisive journalism more than ever.
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