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May, 25, 2016

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A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios -- agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor.
 
North Korea, the world's last remaining truly totalitarian dictatorship, held a Communist Party Congress from May 6 to 9. Tight total control of the enormous, closely choreographed show was self-evident. The last such party congress was held in 1980, an occasion for regime founder Kim Il Sung to indicate succession of power to his son Kim Jong Il.
 
Graduates at high schools and universities all over Taiwan are dealing these days with traditional "xie shih yen" questions. As much as I enjoy these celebrations, I believe we are long overdue in our need to change some of their aspects.
 
When the band struck up Taiwan's national anthem, all eyes were on newly sworn-in President Tsai Ing-wen.
 
Thailand's military seized power from an elected government on May 22, 2014, with the justification that it wanted to end chaotic and violent political confrontations that had wracked the country for years. But more than an attempt to restore stability was at play.
 
Global leaders and key NGOs gather in Istanbul on Monday for an unprecedented U.N.-backed summit aimed at transforming the world's response to humanitarian crises, despite skepticism the talks will have little impact.
 
Newly inaugurated President Tsai Ing-wen, the first female leader of self-ruled Taiwan, must confront major challenges including navigating increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and rejuvenating the flagging economy.
 
"Economic activity in the world economy remains lackluster, with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016," is the gloomy prognosis of the World Economic Situation and Prospects Update for 2016. The U.N. survey cautions that weak global growth "continues to linger," posing a serious challenge for governments and economies.
 
Billboards extolling the virtues of Vietnam's ruling communist party now compete for space with international brands such as Heineken, Samsung, and Toshiba in this Southeast Asian nation of 90 million. And here in the capital of Hanoi, bicycles and cyclos have given way to high-end scooters, taxis and personal autos as the preferred mode of transportation.
 
Cuba is bracing for rough waters ahead as it navigates a political sea change in Latin America, where the left is fighting an outgoing tide.
 
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