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Fifty years ago today, the Apollo Eleven mission lifted off from Florida — heading for the moon. This week, another moon mission starting from the other side of the world suffered a setback.

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The world’s largest democracy has a new budget. India’s Finance Minister presented her first budget to parliament Friday, but it wasn’t just the numbers that got attention.

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Summer doesn't officially arrive until the end of next week, but weather patterns have been warmer lately around much of the state. But it's nothing like the heat wave that is sweeping much of India.

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There is a business news story from India this week about a pair of famous brothers who appear to have reached a truce in their long-time feud.

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The United States and China are still negotiating about trade. While businesses and markets wait for developments on that front, another trading partner in the region is facing a disruption.

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There is renewed tension this week in one of the most volatile parts of the Indo-Pacific region. This follows a terrorist attack last week that has sparked accusations between India and Pakistan.

A long-running urban train project is about to mark a major milestone. Not that one . . . this has nothing to do with Honolulu’s rail project. But it does involve political maneuvering and inflated expectations.

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New jobs figures out this morning show the U.S. unemployment rate remains relatively low. That’s not the case in India — where according to a leaked government report, it’s at the highest level in decades.

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A journalist in northern India has been jailed for criticizing the government. The organization “Reporters Without Borders” calls it a “shocking warning for the entire journalistic profession.”

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There’s been an unusual development in the government of India this week. The country has seen developing public tension between the head of the government and the head of the central bank — something that has also been happening in the United States. But in India, this has led to a dramatic change in the midst of global market volatility.

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for space landings and launches. Last week, NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars — and there have been other developments involving space programs in South Korea and India. 

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The Group of Twenty meeting in Argentina wrapped up this weekend — generating a number of headlines. But there were also some smaller stories that may be significant in the long term. And that includes an unusual bit of diplomacy involving three countries.


It's been decades since the global space race was led by the United States. But as Russia, China, Japan, and other countries have made progress in their programs, another country has been making quiet strides as well.

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While many Americans are paying attention to midterm elections today, in another part of the world the focus is on a different kind of event. Tomorrow is the Hindu festival of Diwali — and this year there’s a special set of concerns in the Indian capital.

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The next stop on professional golfing’s Asian tour is the Panasonic Open in India. But even before the tournament gets underway tomorrow, there is already controversy in the air.

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The United States is facing a diplomatic complication this week with one of its allies in the Asia Pacific. It follows a top-level meeting on Friday — and the outcome remains uncertain.

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There’s been a lot of media focus on talks this week between the leaders of North and South Korea. Two other long-time foes were moving toward talks this week — until a sudden disruption.

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Military spending makes up a significant portion of Hawaii’s economy. The Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment puts it at roughly 10-percent of the state’s economy—second only to Virginia.

Around the Asia Pacific, military spending is rising—and there are new developments this week from India.

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Most of the news about trade this week has focused on increasing tension between China and the United States. But there’s another trade story this week: involving a case where China is lowering tariffs.

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As you may have heard earlier on NPR, President Trump heads to Europe today for a week of diplomatic meetings. He’ll be talking with allies and will also spend time in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But another high-level diplomatic meeting is taking place this week thousands of miles from Europe.

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As you’ve been hearing on NPR, there’s a lot of attention swirling around a potential summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But another top-level meeting in Asia this week may also have significant strategic importance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This week marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for some companies. It’s also the first week that the United States is accepting applications for the next round of H-1B immigrant visas. Those are working visas for high-skilled professionals, and this year the process is coming under increased scrutiny. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One issue moving through Hawai‘i’s legislature this session concerns what supporters call “death with dignity.” It would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. Late last week, India’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that stops far short of that, but still marks a big change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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On Sunday, the Chinese Communist Party announced that presidents will no longer be limited to two terms, clearing the way for Xi Jinping to remain in office for the foreseeable future. The news comes as the U.S. and its Indo-Pacific allies reconsider an old idea – an informal alliance called the "Quad."  We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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A common form of greeting here in the islands is turning into an international political story. It’s all about higher office, official welcomes, and hugs. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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On this Christmas Day, there are many places around the Asia Pacific that celebrate the holiday. While the region is a diverse mix of religions from Buddhism and Hinduism to Islam and other faiths, celebrations of Christmas often followed colonial settlements—including one particular location in India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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When it comes to security issues in the Asia Pacific, North Korea continues to be a focus. But developments elsewhere in the area are also having an effect on regional strategy—and that includes news from India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s capital city remains under a cloud of toxic pollution. The air has been so thick in recent days that flights have been cancelled, construction has been suspended, and trucks have been forced off the road. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As many residents of Hawai‘i know from Chinese New Year celebrations, a long night of fireworks can lead to smoky skies. That’s especially true if there’s no wind. And that’s of particular concern this week in India—which celebrates an important holiday today. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the technology economy advances around the world, so does demand for technical skills. And some countries are going to great lengths to fill that demand. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.