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January, 19, 2017

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The parliamentary discussion in Singapore this week of the Terrex detention issue -- the seizure of Singapore army equipment while on route from Taiwan -- clarified a major point: that this is an issue of law.
 
The Myanmar special envoy was in Dhaka recently to discuss the Rohingya refugee issue, the direct consequence of the Rohingya crisis.
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Tourism was one of the country's many sectors that suffered due to the double whammy of 2015 -- the devastating earthquake and the crippling trade embargo imposed by India.
 
Anyone who's passed the Japanese Embassy in Seoul would not have missed the poignant statue of the seated woman across the road, staring straight ahead, hands in lap.
 
Specific details in the remarks that actress Meryl Streep made at the Golden Globes (film award ceremonies) last week in Hollywood may not stay long in our memories. The fact however that she spoke like that at all, and with such sincerity and eloquence, has had a positive effect on many.
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"Success cannot be advertised; failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, often even among their own fraternity."
 
The final doomsday countdown has begun for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
 
Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching appeal for Conflict Prevention initiatives.
 
The wealth and pomp of several Muslim monarchies notwithstanding, the world of Islam is in tatters. Torn by internal strife, lack of focus on starving millions and controlled by greed as well as external powers, Muslim governments are in a state of disarray.
 
This spring, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the second longest-serving leader after German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Group of Seven advanced nations.
 
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