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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Amid modest economic growth worldwide, East Asia still leads the way. That' s according to the U.N.'s updated "World Economic Situation Prospects" where the global economic growth is expected to register 2.8 percent this year, a downward revision of 0.3 percent from an earlier forecast.
With eight declared Republican presidential hopefuls and eight more expected to run, consensus has been brushed aside for 2016, as GOP rivals battle to shape the future of the party, and America, in the post-Obama era.
The death of Lee Kuan Yew captured headlines across Asia and drew foreign dignitaries and friends of the late leader ranging from former U.S. President Bill Clinton to the King and Queen of Bhutan. Local media reported that from Taiwan came Hau Pei-Tsun and his daughter; Lien Chan; Vincent Siew and his wife; and Su Tseng-Chang and his wife. From mainland China came Vice President Li Yuanchao.
Aung San Suu Kyi was once an unassailable champion of Myanmar's powerless. But the opposition leader's refusal to speak up for a persecuted Muslim minority at the heart of a migrant crisis has cast doubt over her moral force -- and even earned a gentle rebuke from fellow Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama.
Friday, May 29, 2015
With his dishevelled mop grazing stern eyebrows, the young activist detained in a Bangkok police station looked straight into the camera and broadcast his message to the world: "We didn't do anything against the law, the real law. What we did was against the law of criminals ... We will never leave any friend to be jailed here. We will all fight together."
In the aftermath of the quakes, one commendable aid effort has been the attempt to meet the needs of menstruating women and girls.
It is the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
In mid-March the mayor or Paris temporarily imposed a partial driving ban in an attempt to cut toxic smog, after pollution levels briefly surpassed that of Shanghai.
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The level of global debate about sustainable development is reaching new heights as the United Nations gears up for member states to negotiate the post-2015 development agenda at a landmark summit to be convened by the General Assembly in September.
As he enters his eighth and final year in office, President Ma Ying-jeou has taken steps in recent weeks to shape discourse on the public opinion and legacy of his governance. These efforts, however, come at a time when the president's approval rating, according to a May 15 TVBS poll, stands at 16 percent with fewer than eight months until the next presidential election.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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