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Celebrating its 71st Independence Day anniversary, Indonesia has revealed an ugly, disturbing side that the nation should have long discarded: xenophobia.
 
By now the name of Gen. Zia ul-Haq has practically become a metaphor for the darkest decade in Pakistan's history.
 
Kelly Ayotte cannot escape the shadow of Donald Trump. Even here, among the fried dough stands and pig pens of New Hampshire's summer fairs, the Republican senator faces difficult questions about her party's presidential nominee, a celebrity businessman who threatens to weigh down swing state Republicans at every level this fall.
 
Nepal acquired its sense of national identity after Prithvi Narayan Shah united many small principalities into one political identity in 1768. In this regard, Nepal can be called the oldest nation-state in South Asia. In 1768, the U.S. was still struggling to free itself from the yoke of British colonialism and India existed as a splintered subcontinent, similarly plagued and plundered by British imperialism.
 
Seldom before would a prime minister's address to the nation have caused so many people to "see red" as Narendra Modi's did on the country's Independence Day on Aug. 15: both because of what he said, as well as what he ignored.
 
Taiwan was once regarded as one of the Four Asian Tigers together with Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea -- an economic miracle that many looked up to. In recent years, the economy has been lackluster thanks to its over-reliance on high-tech industries and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) exports, allowing its one-time Tiger counterparts to pull further ahead.
 
Donald Trump on Monday painted the Middle East as an oasis of stability before Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, arguing that she and President Barack Obama "launched" the Islamic State group onto the world.
 
John Cardinal Dong, bishop of the Hong Kong diocese, published a pastoral letter in his weekly diocese publication on Aug. 5, making clear that Beijing has reached an initial understanding with the Vatican on the appointment of bishops in the Catholic Church in mainland China and seek a mutually acceptable plan.
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More than a month after the arbitral tribunal set up under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea decided in favor of the Philippines in its arbitration case against China on disputes in the South China Sea, both countries are looking for a way to end their impasse.
 
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.
 
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