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Bursting the red balloon

The only surprising thing about the failure of payment service provider Red Dot was the apparent suddenness with which the company departed. For months – if not years – it had seemed that the company was on its last legs. Fewer terminals were active and agents had reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult to […]

A crash course in survival up in Kachin Mountain

After 11 days lost in the most remote and inhospitable mountain terrain in Southeast Asia, Capt Chatchawal Thanthong thought he was hallucinating. The 59-year-old Thai helicopter pilot had a broken rib and had survived on nothing but river water after crash-landing his chopper during a failed attempt to fly supplies to a search and rescue […]