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It's a deal! The Islamic Republic of Iran is set to buy 100 American-made Boeing civilian airliners for a price tag of almost US$25 billion. The sale, which has been quietly in the works for some months now, can be directly linked to last summer's Iran nuclear accord reached in Vienna by the United States and five other powers, which in effect trades Tehran's presumed nuclear transparency for a lifting of stifling economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Why am I not surprised?
 
As the Islamic State group sees city after city slip from its grasp, analysts warn of retaliatory terror attacks in the West and a potential boost for jihadi rival al-Qaida.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand yesterday under an even darker cloud than anticipated when her three-day official visit was first announced.
 
After nine years of massive work, a renovated and expanded Panama Canal is set to be unveiled on Sunday, ready to take on much bigger cargo ships with hopes of boosting the waterway's business.
 
He may provoke strong disdain among important voting blocs, but Donald Trump is now in a two-horse race. With the potential of more Hillary email scandals to come, not to mention Trump's track record of proving pundits wrong, he has a chance of winning.
 
When Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi last visited Thailand four years ago, it was as head of her country's opposition party to offer moral support to the huge numbers of her countrymen who work here as migrant laborers in menial jobs, often in exploitative conditions.
 
A sexual harassment case at Yale University draws comparisons with another similar issue in a Karachi educational institution.
 
Iceland goes to the polls Saturday to elect a new president, with voters hoping the country can turn over a new leaf after the "Panama Papers" scandal tainted part of the political elite.
 
The tipping point might have been three years ago, when the European Union wanted to ban open bottles of olive oil -- that staple of easygoing culinary fun -- from restaurant tables across Europe.
 
Spaniards will cast ballots for the second time in six months in repeat polls on Sunday that may see the conservatives remain in power, even if many vote for left-wing parties.
 
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