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Cover C O V E R  S T O R Y
STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad banishes his former No. 2 and sets controls on the ringgit, giving his country a political crisis to go with its economic one


C O V E R   S T O R Y
CRANKY OLD MAN The PM has a history of lashing out

VIEWPOINT Mahathir rails against financial orthodoxy

INTERVIEW Anwar explains what went wrong

OUT OF LINE Where does the ex-heir go from here?

E N D   P A G E S
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TRAVEL WATCH Spin Cycle: Touring Asia on Two Wheels





A S I A
FREE AT LAST Vietnam: Hanoi releases a slew of still-defiant political prisoners, perhaps hoping to attract much-needed foreign investment

SABER-RATTLING North Korea: The test-firing of a missile over Japan may have torpedoed already faltering talks with the United States

DEADLY BREW Japan: Arsenic-laced curry kills four and spooks a Japanese suburb

S P E C I A L   R E P O R T
MOUNTING PRESSURE Embers from the Asian economic crisis sparked stock volatility, but does it mean the fall of the high-flying U.S. economy?

VIEWPOINT David Roche warns of a banking meltdown

WEAK RULE A lack of strong leaders adds to our woes




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COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

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PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

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COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

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JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness


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