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Culture on Demand: Black is Beautiful
The American Express black card is the ultimate status symbol

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Web heads want it all -- for nothing

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Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori clings to power as dissidents in his party finally decide not to back a no-confidence motion

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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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Cover C O V E R   S T O R Y
The Committee to Save the World: Does superpower status now mean keeping the globe's financial systems on track? And is the trio of Greenspan, Rubin and Summers up to the task?



A S I A
CHINA: Bomb Scare
A string of mysterious explosions raises the heat in a country already racked by rural and urban protest

HONG KONG: Unequal Justice
The territory makes a special exception for tycoon Sally Aw

LINE OF FIRE: Old Boys' Club
Sin-ming Shaw tells C.H. Tung to stop kowtowing to tycoons

JAPAN: Dangerous Company
Loan sharks find easy pickings among cash-strapped businessmen, many of whom are too embarrassed to go bust

Hoodoo Guru:
A bankrupt entrepreneur doles out advice

INDIA: Viewpoint
Many of India's religious tensions really come down to money





E C O N O M Y   &   B U S I N E S S
DAVOS: Speaking in Tongues
The international heavyweights talk a lot--past each other

T H E   A R T S
BOOKS: Beyond Dreamland
Two new books reveal Tibet as it is--The Dragon in the Land of Snows and The Tibetans: A Struggle to Survive

E N D   P A G E S
SPOTLIGHT

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TRAVEL WATCH:
Surviving the Asian Marry-Go-Round




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COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

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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



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COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

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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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