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It is good to be back after a week away for medical care. If you missed me last Sunday, I am smiling now. And if you did not, I'm here today to wave a friendly hello just the same.
 
Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On April 19, a terrorist explosion rocked a section of Kabul. Early estimates indicate 28 people were killed and approximately 300 wounded. Last September, the extremist Islamic movement temporarily overran the city of Kunduz.
 
In a country awash with guns, a faltering peace deal aimed at ending over two years of intense civil war in South Sudan came down to a dispute over just two dozen weapons.
 
It's been a bad week for German automakers.
 
When icons die, the outpouring of public grief can easily be written off as mass hysteria.
 
The seemingly never ending presidential primary circus came through New York with the predictable partisan name calling and puerile political promises. For much of the campaign the political charges and arguments resembled peeved sandbox-kicking kindergarten kids more than serious adults running for the nation's highest office.
 
The latest EU antitrust complaint against Google underscores a sharp contrast from the approach taken by the United States, which has largely taken a hands-off approach on emerging technologies.
 
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC), which announced Wednesday it had falsified data on fuel efficiency for four minivehicle models, has been in fierce competition over better mileage to attract cost-conscious consumers.
 
Ultra-nationalists hope to dent the success of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as Serbia votes on Sunday, calling on the Balkan country to embrace big brother Russia instead of the European Union.
 
Ukraine next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.
 
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