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Charles McDermid

Politics

Malaysia opposition at crossroads after loss

Failure to unseat country's ruling coalition raises questions about future role of opposition heavyweight Anwar Ibrahim.

Malaysia

Election casts spell on streets of Malaysia

Both sides of Malaysia's polarised political divide feel confident of election victory.

Malaysia

Malaysia’s Barisan launches pre-ballot blitz

Ruling coalition and Prime Minister Najib Razak launch populist counter-attack in opposition-held areas ahead of vote.

France

The black eye of Malaysian scandal politics

Like the polls themselves, determining whether "scandal fatigue" will manifest at the ballot box is too close to call.

Politics

US 'shock and audit' over Iraq expenses

Unsparing analysis of $60bn spent 'rebuilding' Iraq lays bare the waste trail that may lead all the way to Afghanistan.

Environment

Ancient aqueducts give Iraq a trickle of hope

A millennia-old labyrinth of underground canals may help solve the Middle East's water crisis, say experts.

Politics

Will Obama’s big DNC bash be enough?

A partisan lovefest and Republican smackdown, Democrats still may not have given the president the momentum he needs.

Politics

US Latinos want more from Obama

False hope and no immigration reform leave king-making Latino community dissatisfied, but stuck with the president.

Politics

DNC exposes US labour pains

Union leaders gather away from Democratic convention to voice concerns over what they see as diminishing labour rights.

Politics

Obama longing for 2008 magic

Democrats try to rekindle voter passion in face of tightening polls, slack economy and apathy.