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It's the media's fault. That's out of context. Never said it in the first place. Donald Trump's claim Friday that he was merely being "sarcastic" in accusing U.S. President Barack Obama of establishing a terrorist group was his latest attempt to blame others for the uproar over what he says. It's an instinct that Trump's opponents say a president can't possess. Some Republicans seem to have the same concern.
 
Should a country execute its own citizens in the name of fighting crime? That remains a profoundly contentious issue for people and nations worldwide.
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"Spooked by Brexit, Mr. Bond?" That is the caption under a photograph of actor Daniel Craig, our current James Bond, pistol in hand, looking concerned.
 
Thailand marked Her Majesty the Queen's birthday and Mother's Day yesterday. Yet, unlike pervious years, when popular hashtags among online users were celebratory, yesterday's top hashtag on Twitter was #PrayForThailand.
 
These last few days the old Star Trek saying, "resistance is futile," comes to mind -- helped probably by the latest, and I have to say commendable, escapades of the USS Enterprise on the big screen.
 
A few days ago, I sat down with Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber's 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey. Published in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conducted on behalf of companies from a nation that is the largest investor in Southeast Asia, the document makes for interesting reading.
 
One week after the launch of little, well-known monsters in an augmented reality gaming application called "Pokemon Go" in Thailand, the Thai junta has been on alert to tackle them as a peace and order situation.
 
In the coming days, until Aug. 21, more than 3 billion people worldwide will watch on their televisions or online through live streaming the spectacular performance of 10,500 athletes from 206 countries competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Among the many tragedies that have afflicted Karachi over the decades -- such as crime, terrorism and urban blight -- the city's solid waste problem is assuming crisis proportions.
 
Donald Trump prospers where other candidates perish. His abrasive rhetoric, repudiated by some, is embraced by many more.
 
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