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September, 29, 2016

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Lester Holt, who moderated the first U.S. presidential debate on Monday, gave a restrained performance that earned him both critics for his hands-off style, and praise for letting the candidates battle it out.
 
For the cocktail of languages heard on the dirt streets of the Calais "Jungle" take a dollop of Dari, add a pinch of Amharic and Arabic, and sprinkle liberally with Punjabi, Pashto, Kurdish, Tigrinya and Farsi.
 
Miriam Vanegas had not seen her son for 10 years after FARC rebels took him away into the Colombian wilderness. Now the fighters have signed a peace deal, and she has him back.
 
A day after urging a joint India-Pakistan war against poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and infant mortality, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi executed his latest about-turn by implicitly threatening to use water as a weapon against Pakistan -- this in a region where great swathes of humanity eke out a subsistence living and are wholly dependent on agriculture and the agrarian chain for their livelihoods.
 
This has been a good month for China in its efforts to seize fugitives on the run, some of whom allegedly fled the country with large amounts of illicit funds. Beijing is now taking concrete steps to obtain the recovery of assets as well.
 
Donald Trump repeatedly clashed with Hillary Clinton during Monday's first presidential debate, interrupting her and appearing agitated at times as they tangled over the economy, her use of a private mail server and his unwillingness to release his income tax returns. Clinton maintained an even demeanor, smiling indulgently when Trump turned aggressive.
 
With spats over Apple and Deutsche Bank and squabbles about Airbus and Boeing, approaching elections on both sides of the Atlantic are exacerbating strains in U.S.-European economic relations.
 
Donald Trump once claimed to be publicity shy.
 
Zheng Chenggong (鄭成功) is better known in the West by his Hokkien honorific Koxinga, which means Lord of the Imperial Surname. He was a Chinese-Japanese Ming loyalist who resisted the Qing conquest of China in 1644.
 
"The day I saw those people being cut in front of me, yes, I was afraid. I started crying." These words belong to a little Syrian girl that has suffered so much for her age. Many adults wouldn't be able to stand the things she has been through, but she bravely embraces it with an admirable composure.
 
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