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Kennedy. As I read those words today I still feel a stab of pain and jealousy. She never met the President, Attwood wrote , but she always thought of him as her friend, and she was crying that terrible weekend because her friend was dead. This Christmas, I think a lot of Americans, like my daughter, feel they have lost a friend. They have. A lifetime as a professional historian allows one to find out the truth about the current events of ones youth, and I have taken full advantage of that opportunity and then some. For example, while researching the origins of the Vietnam War for one of my books, American Tragedy , I found that while I was in Senegal Kennedy had repeatedly refused to intervene massively in Southeast Asia. Later, in The Road to Dallas , I explored his policy towards Cuba and his assassination.
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Attacks in Indonesia and the Philippines this week point to the rise of Isis-affiliated groups networks across the region.
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The company has taken its own sweet time to finally launch its own retail store in this part of the world, but the Singapore store looks fantastic.
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The company has taken its own sweet time to finally launch its own retail store in this part of the world, but the store definitely looks fantastic.
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Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that he cried over the sale of one-time national car company Proton Holdings Berhad to Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group Co. They say Proton is my brainchild. Now the child of my brain has been sold. Yes, I am sad. I can cry. But the deed is done. Proton can no longer be national. No national car now, he wrote in his widely followed blog. Proton, Southeast Asias only full-fledged car...
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Apple's first destination in Southeast Asia? Singapore. The doors of the two-storey high store, which features a stunning glass facade spanning 120 feet, opened briefly on Thursday for a media preview into the store. SEE ALSO: Apple shares photos and video of its fancy new store in Dubai Inside, the store embodies the sleek designs Apple is well-known for. Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE The stairs, leading up to the second floor of the store, are meant to draw inspiration from Apple Park in Cupertino. Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE The centerpiece of the second floor is a lush space featuring trees that are specially brought in from China, that is meant to give the store a "modern-day town square" feel. Read more... More about Tech , Apple , Singapore , and Tech
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New Delhi: General Motors Co will slash headcount in its international headquarters in Singapore as part of its efforts to reduce exposure to unprofitable and unpromising markets. GM International - which oversees markets such as India, Southeast Asia, and South Korea, among others - will reduce its staff to about 50 from 180 by the year end, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. About 90 employees will leave the company by the end of June and 40 by the end of 2017. Last week, the Detroit-based automaker said it would take a $500 million charge in the second quarter to restructure operations in India, Africa and Singapore. The company plans to stop selling Chevrolet brand vehicles in India by the end of the year and will produce vehicles only for export. Since Mary Barra took over as GM's chief executive in 2014, the company has doubled down on a bet that it can win by being less global but more profitable in an auto industry increasingly dependent on software and services.
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"Last year Proton introduced four new models, and we hope to see continuous improvement in its models as a result of the facilitation to be provided by Geely," he said in a statement in response to the partnership. Geely, one of the top Chinese automotive companies, saw its sales in China grew 50% last year to 766,000 vehicles. Its acquisition of Volvo in 2010 has been a success with Volvo recorded sales of 540,000 vehicles in 2016, an increase of over 200,000 units sold in 2009 prior to the acquisition. At the same time, Mustapa hoped the deal would enable Proton to have access to existing markets of the Chinese carmaker, especially in China, as well as right-hand drive markets in Southeast Asia, as well as allowing Proton to tap into Geely's technology and research and development facilities, including a range of platforms and powertrains. "More importantly, it could also fully realise the potential of Proton's production plants in Tanjung Malim and Shah Alam which have a combined capacity of 380,000 units.
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"I have to convey my deepest condolences because three police officers died," he said. Five other police officers and five civilians were injured, Wasisto said. Both suicide bombers, who were men, died during the attack, he added. The terminal is a local hub served by minibuses and buses. Indonesia has long struggled with Islamic militancy and has suffered a series of attacks in the past 15 years, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. A sustained crackdown weakened the most dangerous networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals. Hundreds of radicals from the Southeast Asian state have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that weakened extremist outfits could get a new lease of life. A gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta left four attackers and four civilians dead in January last year, and was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia.
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Ely Ratner , an Obama administration official who was a top aide to Vice President Joe Biden, recently argued that “it’s not at all clear that a U.S. policy predicated only on pressure and punishment will solve the problem,” adding that “further deterioration of the U.S.-Philippines relationship will not only undermine America’s position in Southeast Asia, it would likely usher in a China-led sub-region void of institutions and incentives to advance U.S. values.” What’s the downside of inviting Duterte, and others like him, to the White House? There are many. First, Duterte may take the hand of friendship and use it to increase his own prestige, but not change policy because of it. If China offers more (or threatens him more), he may turn to China regardless of Trump’s charm campaign. The net effect of the Trump outreach may be zero: Relations between heads of government matter but political leaders understand that interests come before handshakes.
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GREE Ventures, the Singapore-based VC firm connected to Japanese games firm GREE, has closed its newest $67 million fund for early stage investments in Asia. AT-II the firms second fund sees GREE Ventures spread its focus of deals in Japan and Southeast Asia to cover India for the first time. The fund has so far made 10 investments across Asia, which includes New... Read More
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Abu Sayyaf may have been planning violence to get attention from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, said Antonio Contreras, political scientist at De La Salle University in the Philippine. Some of the militants encountered in Marawi Tuesday wore clothing identical to IS attire, Philippine media reports said. “We dont know yet whether they just want the attention so that ISIS can take notice and consider them as part of the whole network,” Contreras said. They would need funds for weapons, he said. Mindanao and nearby smaller islands in the mostly Catholic Southeast Asian archipelago’s southwestern corner are home to the four-year-old Maute Group as well as Abu Sayyaf, which is known for kidnapping foreign tourists and beheading some. Two other groups are pressing the government separately for talks on autonomy in parts of impoverished but resource-rich Mindanao, where fighting between Muslims and the government have left about 120,000 dead since the 1960s while hobbling any hopes of raising incomes through economic stimulus.
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Maute, one of the largest groups that operate in Lanao del Sur province, reportedly came to Hapilon's aid. At least two soldiers and a police officer have been killed and 12 others wounded, the defense secretary said. IS endorsement IS has endorsed Hapilon as the leader of a loosely affiliated association of small groups that have sprouted in the last three to four years around the central and southern Philippines. Hapilon swore allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a July 2014 video, according to the U.S. State Department. His time as a leader of the brutal Abu Sayyaf group included the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans in the western Philippines, two of whom were later killed. There are concerns that the new groups may increasingly include Southeast Asian militants who went to fight with IS in Syria and Iraq. Now they are returning to the region, seeking a safe haven where they can regroup, train and plot attacks, authorities in the Philippines told VOA.