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Forget suicide jackets, or 19-tonne trucks driven by homicidal maniacs -- as happened in Nice on July 14. The latest 'weapon of terror' triggering a paroxysm of fear and loathing across parts of Europe is the burkini.
 
Of late, discussion of Hong Kong's possible independence from China has been in the air, a cause no serious politician has espoused since the former British colony returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. What happened?1
 
During the court's hearings, six experts claimed that the actions of LGBT movement amounted to a proxy war.
 
The debate is still on as to the identification and roots of those who committed the attack on July 1 on the Holi Artisan bakery.
 
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.
 
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