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In response to the thoughtful inaugural address by Taiwan's new president, Tsai Ing-wen, China's Taiwan Affairs Office had a simple rejoinder: her speech was an "incomplete test answer." In China's view, she must do the test over and fully meet China's demands before she can get a passing grade.
 
After decades of officially-imposed detachment from the "Great Satan," Iranians are this time transfixed by the wild U.S. presidential campaign, mindful that the next White House occupant could have direct impact on their lives.
 
Central Asia's autocratic leaders don't want to be liked. They want to be adored. When the Soviet Union collapsed, a clutch of nations emerged in the vast areas of steppe and mountains between Russia's southern border down to Iran and Afghanistan.
 
The lackluster global economy should take center stage as world leaders gather in Japan this week, but with no agreement likely on igniting growth, Barack Obama's visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima looks set to capture the limelight.
 
It was a challenging conversation. The Moroccan parliamentarian I was talking to wasn't having any of it. Egypt was the largest Muslim country in the world, he insisted. Why on earth was I talking about Indonesia?
 
British voters will decide in one month whether or not to deal a historic hammer blow to European integration by putting their island nation on an independent path outside the European Union.
 
Like turkeys praying for a Christmas they would probably never enjoy, large sections of Britons are being lured by a Europhobic popular press and jingoistic politicians into thinking it would be a good thing if their country left the European Union.
 
Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour's brief rule, which ended with his death in a drone strike, was marked by mistrust and strife.
 
The Economist called President Ma Ying-jeou a "Bumbler" in 2012. Social media in Taiwan call him a "loser," a transliteration of lu she (魯蛇) in Chinese, which means almost the same in English.
 
For Donald Trump to win the White House in November, he'll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Party Wendy Emery.
 
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