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    by Michael Lerner Higher taxes have reduced the proportion of smokers, but smuggling is on the rise.Asia-Pacific,cigarettes,Indonesia,Malaysia,Singapore,smoking,Smuggling,Tobacco,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Oct 27, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT
  • Nepalese and Indian trucks parked near the border at Birgunj, south of Kathmandu, September 28, 2015. Getty Images

    by Michael Lerner Unhappy with Nepal's new constitution, India has halted most border shipments. Asia-Pacific,China,Constitution,fuel,India,Narendra Modi,Nepal,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Sep 28, 2015, 2:32 PM EDT
  • A poster of Emomali Rahmon, Tajikistan’s long-serving president, adorns a building in Tajikistan on June 10, 2015. Getty Images

    An Islamist general starts a localized insurrection, shortly before a regional summit.Asia-Pacific,Abduhalim Nazarzoda,Collective Security Treaty Organisation,Imomali Rakhmon,Islamic Rebirth Party,Russia,Tajikistan,Vladimir Putin,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Sep 14, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
  • Syrian refugees outside of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB via Getty Images

    As Europe opens its doors to refugees fleeing conflict, Japan accepted only 11 of 5,000 asylum applications last year. Asia-Pacific,asylum,Australia,Germany,Iraq,Japan,refugees,Syria,United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,United States,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Sep 09, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT
  • Tony Abbott in Canberra, Australia on September 16, 2013. Getty Images

    Australia plans to reduce its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2030 from 2005 levels.Asia-Pacific,Australia,Carbon tax,Carmichael mine,Climate change,coal,Greenhouse gas,Marshall Islands,Tony Abbott,Michael Lerner

    Published Date : Aug 11, 2015, 2:53 PM EDT