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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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Japan: Apocalypse Soon? The oblique predictions of French astrologer Nostradamus have been around since the 16th century. So why is the nation growing edgy about them now? Must be the "seventh month"

Dark Doings: The Aum Shinrikyo cult is still thriving

THE KOREAS: A Gathering Storm
Despite Seoul's "sunshine policy," rising tensions are again making the peninsula the world's most dangerous place

LINE OF FIRE: Live and Learn
Sin-ming Shaw on the failures of Hong Kong's chief executive

EAST TIMOR: Home in the World
As locals prepare to vote on self-determination, Australian photographer Ross Bird captures their relationship to the land

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CINEMA: Shanghai Seduction
A Taiwan director recreates the opulence and indolence of the city's 19th century brothels

Q&A: Bai Ling
Bai Ling, who stars in the new film Wild Wild West, spoke from the set of her next project, Anna and the King, in Malaysia

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A Beginner's Guide to Cruising and Carousing in Kuala Lumpur

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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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