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Culture on Demand: Black is Beautiful
The American Express black card is the ultimate status symbol

Asia Buzz: Should the Net Be Free?
Web heads want it all -- for nothing

JAPAN: Failed Revolution
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori clings to power as dissidents in his party finally decide not to back a no-confidence motion

Cover: Endgame?
After Florida's controversial ballot recount, Bush holds a 537-vote lead in the state, which could give him the election

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Making a Difference: The world's most populous country is also one of its most polluted, but a few dedicated activists are fighting the tide of ecological destruction and apathy

Sick Man of Asia: China's grim environmental record
Barren Rock: For a world-class city, Hong Kong is a mess

S C I E N C E   A N D   S O C I E T Y
MEDICINE: Miracle in the Himalayas
A cheap and speedy surgical procedure means hundreds of Tibetan villagers can now see their stunning surroundings

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BOOKS: Writing for Fun and Profit
The success of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things inspires--and enriches--new Indian novelists

BOOKS: An Enchanting Futile Quest
Haruki Murakami's new novel meanders nicely

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Taiwan-born Hsu Chi, 22, gained attention as a teenager when she appeared nude in her first film

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Thirsty? Get Your Water Somewhere Else

Singapore: The Art and Soul of Asia

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


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


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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