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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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Cover C O V E R   S T O R Y
Bill Gates Rules: In an excerpt from his new tome, the chairman of Microsoft spells out how he thinks the digital revolution will continue to transform our work and our lives

Viewpoint: Gates is hot on China for a reason


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CHINA: Smile for the Camera
Prime Minister Zhu Rongji's high-profile visit to the U.S. yields few breakthroughs, but may help scale back recent tensions

MACAU: Caught in the Middle
The colony's Eurasian minority wonders if it has a future

JAPAN: Child Safety
New laws take a partial stab at one of the country's most shameful secrets--rampant child pornography

CAMBODIA: Timber Barren
Authorities make a show of cracking down on illegal logging

INDIA: Has Bose Left the Building?
Followers chase the ghost of an Indian revolutionary hero





T H E   A R T S
ARCHITECTURE: Lifting the Spirit
Sir Norman Foster wins architecture's top prize for his elegant, eco-conscious work

CINEMA: Swiri
A sensitive spy thriller is Korea's biggest hit

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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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