Tobbaco use continues to be a major public health issue in Southeast Asia, with nearly 246 million people in the region’s 11 countries continuing to smoke tobacco, and just below 290 million using it in smokeless forms. Tobacco is leading to the death of 1.3 million people across the region every year – the equivalent of 150 fatalities per hour.
Myanmar's new National League for Democracy government has a huge set of reform challenges waiting for it, but few could be more important and intractable than corruption.
By all accounts, the much-anticipated Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea was a non-event. If the first such meeting of North Korea’s highest organ in more than 35 years had any impact at all, it was to dash any hopes that the country’s irascible leader, Kim Jong-un, would turn his attention to economic reform.