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Few people have anything good to say about Hong Kong's taxi services. This is unfortunate for a city that boasts one of the world's most efficient public transport systems.
 
North Korea has rapidly improved its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile technology, making it a serious threat to Japan's national security. "We sort of knew that they were going to do it. It was the first time there were two tests in the same year, and the scale of the explosion was the largest yet.
 
The views are great but that's only because we are getting higher on a steep and dangerous road. Thailand's lumbering journey toward the next election is like a car ride up a mountainous path made slippery and treacherous by rain. An accident might happen at any time, and, if it does, what now looks so near will suddenly appear so far.
 
When finally coming around to the fact U.S. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Donald Trump tacked on a dig at his White House rival. It was Hillary Clinton, he said, who started the rumor that Obama was born abroad.
 
After a clean sweep of the Olympics table tennis stakes in Rio -- winning all four gold medals in the men's and women's singles and the men's and women's team events in table tennis -- China is moving forward to clinch gold medals in the Paralympics for table tennis as well, winning two team victories on Friday.
 
Bombings in the New York region and a stabbing attack in Minnesota have thrust Islamic extremism into the forefront of the 2016 election just a week before the first presidential debate, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offering dramatically different visions of how to fight it.
 
The weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey and a stabbing spree in the Midwest are the latest example of the new terror threat faced by the United States along with much of the West: diffuse, unsophisticated and very hard to counter.
 
Fat is the enemy. It'll clog your arteries, raise your cholesterol levels, make you obese and put you on the path to a painful premature death. Fat -- saturated, trans or otherwise -- is the antichrist of nutrition.
 
Many would argue that recent attempts at conflict resolution between India and Pakistan have not been particularly successful. For Pakistan, the settling of its outstanding disputes with India are contingent on making substantial progress on the Kashmir front; India, on the other hand, has progressively hardened its position and appears unwilling to compromise in any meaningful way on Kashmir.
 
China hosted the 11th G-20 summit from Sept. 4-5 in Hangzhou for the first time since the group formally started holding summits when the world economy slipped into deep recession in 2008.
 
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