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January, 23, 2017

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U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have got off to a rocky start but his impending departure has sparked a wave of nostalgia and trepidation in Berlin.
The importance of nurturing fatherhood
A former colleague of mine rarely bought food at noon, preferring a "home-cooked meal" made by his retired father. It was dry slices of white bread heaped with pork floss or condensed milk and, once, a can of tuna.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting three Southeast Asian countries and Australia.
One well-known political quip in the United States is: When facing a domestic trouble, the president goes abroad. President Richard M. Nixon did so quite often, but finally he had to resign in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office because of Watergate.
Thais recently celebrated National Children's Day, when youngsters are given just about everything they want, from toys and games to visits to a zoo or amusement park.
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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