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Outstanding electricity bills are just one of the many problems facing the the Nepal Electricity Authority.
 
Indonesia Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly may not have the eloquence of a natural orator, but when defending his policy to grant Independence Day remissions to 82,000 prisoners in a media briefing last week, he used well-chosen words that sounded almost like he was giving a eulogy.
 
Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America's first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off?
 
Diplomatically, Thailand has been nothing short of a fearful, paranoid animal. While the country has its own political trouble to blame for the panicky behavior, the roles of some foreign governments, media, activists and publicists or lobbyists have added to what critics taunt as a growing xenophobia.
 
The Indonesian government needs policy space to regulate for public interest. It remains to be seen how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will influence future regulation in the field of e-commerce.
 
Wellington Koo, a lawyer turned lawmaker, now heads a committee formed under the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) in accordance with the Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations (政黨及其附隨組織不當取得財產處理條例) passed by the Legislative Yuan on July 25.
 
Until very recently, few mainstream economists took climate change seriously when projecting growth. Weather is something the polite talk about when they have nothing to say.
 
As of the time of writing, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is standing pat on his decision to allow the transfer of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in September, ostensibly to live up to his promise given to the Marcos family and the voters of the Ilocos region.
 
If at times it appears that the state is not demonstrating enough seriousness in the fight against terrorism and militancy, there is also ample evidence that, notwithstanding Pakistan's battle-scarred landscape, the citizenry itself has the same mindset.
 
Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
 
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