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Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything -- and has his sights set on one of the biggest prizes on Earth.
 
Grieving together? Forget it. Unlike past violence in France, the Bastille Day attack on Nice didn't inspire political solidarity -- instead it sharpened the anger of government critics, fortified the hard right and made it even less plausible that Socialist President Francois Hollande will win re-election next year.
 
After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party heavyweights uniformly agreed that white voters alone do not hold the keys to winning the White House.
 
Liar. Garbage. Lock her up.
 
The Islamic State group has claimed several high-profile attacks in the West that it appears to have inspired rather than planned, sowing fear and boosting its profile at low cost.
 
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague's award on July 12 in favor of the Philippines in its case against China pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea creates significant economic, political and operational risks for the Taiwan government and Taiwan-based companies.
 
An ax attack on a German train. Four people stabbed in the French Alps. A shooting in Britain. Scattered violence across Europe is sparking fears that copycats may be striking out after the truck rampage that killed dozens on a Nice beachfront, prompting panicked police deployment and leading to a likely extension of France's 8-month-old state of emergency.
 
The United States depicted at the Republican National Convention is a scary place. It is wrenched by economic uncertainty, social upheaval, political dysfunction, runaway immigration, violent streets and existential threats from abroad. Republicans want voters to see the need for drastic change. The nation's only choice, they say, is Donald Trump.
 
A study of comparison and contrast: It's no surprise that many Filipinos look at Singapore on how to govern, and Singaporeans look at the Philippines on how not to govern.
 
A year after restoring diplomatic ties, the United States and Cuba are far from fully normalizing their troubled relationship, which remains haunted by Cold War ghosts despite cautious ongoing talks.
 
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