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Past articles by David:

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96

Jiang Zemin led China out of isolation after the Tiananmen Square massacre and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth. → Read More

'I was a slave': Up to 100,000 held captive by Chinese cybercriminals in Cambodia

As workers report rampant abuse and torture inside cyber scam mills, pressure is building on Cambodia to do something. But critics say the industry generates too much money for the ruling elite to crack down. → Read More

Singaporean OnlyFans creator who challenged sexual taboos is sentenced to jail and fined

Titus Low, who shocked many in Singapore with his racy OnlyFans persona, is convicted of transmitting obscene material and breaching police orders. → Read More

Forget California: Thailand wants to become the king of weed

In June, this country became the only nation in Asia to legalize marijuana, igniting a green rush that has seduced farmers, corporations and others. → Read More

North Korea missile test reminds world of Asia's powder keg

Trade used to take precedence in Asia, but geopolitical tensions are now pushing nations into security blocs led by China and the United States. → Read More

Singapore will decriminalize gay sex but amend constitution to block marriage equality

LGBTQ groups applauded the repeal but said discrimination will continue without recognition of same-sex couples. → Read More

California food is having a moment at Singapore restaurants

The tiny island nation of Singapore imports more than 90% of its food, but that hasn't stopped a band of ex-Wolfgang Puck and Mozza workers from opening restaurants celebrating the Golden State and its farm-to-table ethos. → Read More

With key city close to falling, pressure on West to get weapons to Ukraine

The near-total capture of Severodonetsk, on the banks of the Seversky Donets River, is another stepping stone in Russia's bid to occupy east Ukraine. → Read More

Fate uncertain for Ukrainian fighters Russia calls 'Nazis'

Ukrainians troops captured by Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol face interrogation as the war enters a 'protracted phase.' → Read More

Putin refuses to waver on east Ukraine as Finland's leaders endorse NATO bid

As Russian forces continue to pound Ukraine, Finnish leaders express support for joining an alliance that Moscow regards as an existential threat. → Read More

Putin defends invasion of Ukraine during display of Russian might

The Russian leader stops short of calling for a wider war mobilization during an annual military parade but vows to capture Ukraine's Donbas region. → Read More

New bid to rescue Mariupol civilians as Russia tries to complete takeover

Hundreds of civilians are still trapped in the Azovstal steel plant alongside Ukrainian soldiers who refuse to surrender amid withering Russian fire. → Read More

Dictator's son uses TikTok to lead in Philippine election and rewrite his family's past

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines with an iron fist. Now a TikTok disinformation campaign in propelling his son toward the presidency. → Read More

EU weighs ban on Russian oil as missiles hit west and east Ukraine

The European Union hopes to find alternative energy supplies in the coming months in order to sever a major source of income for Russia's war machine. → Read More

Think U.S. gas prices are high? Try filling up in Hong Kong — for around $11 a gallon

Everyone is paying more for gas, but the U.S. remains the cheapest among advanced nations because of low taxes. → Read More

A Singaporean OnlyFans erotic star faces months in prison for nude photos

Titus Low challenges one of the city-state's most enduring taboos: sex. His arrest has sparked conversations about sexual expression and LGBTQ rights. → Read More

Not everyone wants to make Putin an economic pariah over the Ukraine war

The U.S. and Europe, and the West's allies, want Russia to pay a harsh economic price for invading Ukraine. But some elsewhere say: Not so fast. → Read More

Hong Kong runs low on coffins as Omicron exacts deadly toll

Outbreaks in Hong Kong and mainland China are testing the limits of a zero tolerance COVID-19 policy. → Read More

Hundreds feared dead in Ukrainian port city under siege from Russian forces

Russian forces make more gains despite fierce Ukrainian resistance. The civilian death toll, while still unclear, is expected to grow exponentially. → Read More

Huge Russian convoy advances on Kyiv, which braces for a siege

As Kyiv awaits a full Russian onslaught, an airstrike hits a central square in Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv, which has come under heavy bombardment. → Read More