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In a span of three days last week, from Thursday to Saturday, five men died by what appeared to be summary execution in the Philippines -- two in Negros Occidental, two in Iloilo and one in Negros Oriental, all in central Philippines.
 
Minister Wang Yi's scolding of a Canadian reporter for daring to ask a question about human rights in China has made headlines around the world. The unexpected rant reflects China's attempt to export its own values, especially censorship, to the West.
 
Shortly after declaring her candidacy for the U.S. presidency in April 2015, Hillary Clinton hit the road in a van to win the hearts of Democrats.
 
Despite putting unprecedented security measures in place for Euro 2016, France remains deeply concerned over the jihadists' ability to strike a soft target.
 
A European Union without Britain would be financially poorer, less economically liberal and free-trading, less Atlanticist and less open to further enlargement.
 
After admitting in a recent press conference that he is no longer a Catholic, Rodrigo Duterte remarked that he had a new religion: "Iglesia ni Duterte (Church of Duterte)."
 
In two U.S. House Republican strongholds -- a Georgia district sprawling from Atlanta's exurbs to the Alabama line and another in California's Central Valley -- upcoming elections illustrate the sharp elbows and vigilance that this ant-establishment moment demands of GOP candidates.
 
The first anniversary of the Gorkha Earthquake has drawn considerable reflection, and as predicted, most of it is discouraging. There has been little progress in physical rebuilding, and none in improving the governance that failed citizens before and after the disaster.
 
Many people, including former President Ma Ying-jeou, profess that the Republic of China established in Nanjing on Jan. 1, 1912 is Asia's first republic. They are wrong. The first republic in Asia is Taiwan.
 
It's a snapshot from another political era. Forty-one years ago, in Britain's last referendum on Europe, Margaret Thatcher hit the campaign trail clad in a woolly jumper emblazoned with a Union flag.
 
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