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Cover C O V E R   S T O R Y
MR. CHAN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Action idol Jackie Chan finally makes it big in Tinseltown with his new box-office smash, Rush Hour



C O V E R   S T O R Y
INTERVIEW
"I'm crazy, but I won't risk my life"

ASIAN INVASION
American TV's most unlikely star

E N D   P A G E S
SPOTLIGHT

MILESTONES

TRAVEL WATCH
For Asia's animals, it's a jungle out there

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR





A S I A
THE PLOT THICKENS
Japan: The yen surges, but does Tokyo have a workable plan to rescue its economy and dispel jitters on world financial markets? Finance Minister Miyazawa is in the hot seat

CIVILIAN RULE
Pakistan: After issuing a stirring challenge to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Islamabad's military chief is forced to step down

MYSTERIOUS MURDER
Mongolia: The brutal killing of a leading politician stuns a nation that has prided itself on a peaceful transition out of communism

SOMETHING'S OUT THERE
Indonesia: In East Java, many citizens fear that a rash of killings could be linked to sinister supernatural forces

JOHN HOWARD
Interview: Australia's Prime Minister urges Asians to disregard the aggressive rhetoric of his country's xenophobic politicians

VIEWPOINT
Marc Faber, the region's Dr. Doom, predicts deep trouble ahead--but says it's just capitalism's way of correcting itself




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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

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state



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

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

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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