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As a new emperor takes the throne, prime minister Abe is consolidating his ultranationalist “beautiful Japan” project. But can he overcome a falling population and stagnating economy?
The dispute is the latest manifestation of a backlash against the post-crash model of economic integration.
“I don’t want to have to give my voters money,” one parliamentary candidate tells me. “But it’s simply a reality of the situation India is in. If I don’t pay, my opponents will.”
A presidential pardon is a frustrating conclusion to this case.
Learning English, digital and leadership skills gave Modina the confidence to stop her marriage aged 15. Now she’s supporting other girls to do the same. But has a 2017 law change made it harder to escape this crime?
The world’s largest supplier of telecoms equipment has become the focal point of a trade war, multiple diplomatic incidents and accusations of espionage and repression.
By shutting down social media, the government risks preventing Sri Lankans from finding out the truth about what is happening in their fragile democracy.
Even as some Sri Lankan Muslims were radicalised and went abroad to fight, the government seems to have missed the warning signs.
Religious intolerance has been on the rise in the country since the end of its civil war.
On diplomatic issues such as Syria and Venezuela, the two powers appear increasingly in lockstep.
And it is neither front-page news nor a major part of diplomatic or political dialogue.