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Saturday, May 16, 2015
In America, where car culture has ruled for generations, train travel is the neglected cousin, burdened with ageing equipment and insufficient funding -- conditions uncomfortably in the spotlight after a fatal train accident Tuesday near Philadelphia.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Narendra Modi marks the first anniversary of his landslide election win in a bullish mood about his mission to transform India into a great power, despite doubts about the delivery of economic reforms.
If the scandalous exclusion of women from the recent polling in Lower Dir does not lead to enforcement of their right to vote, nothing else will, as this case clinches the argument for long-delayed reform.
Over the centuries, millions have made the perilous journey from South Asia across the Bay of Bengal to Southeast Asia in search of trade, employment and a better life -- sometimes voluntarily, sometimes driven or forced by circumstances.
In its own commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Tokyo should acknowledge that its years of denial have added to its historical guilt. Forgetting is bad enough as, without collective remembrance, history itself would not exist. But denying reopens the festering wound. That hurts.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Uncertainty over Britain's future in Europe is unsettling Asian investors, analysts say, warning if voters opt in a referendum to leave the EU, the United Kingdom would lose a major drawcard for attracting foreign money.
Manny Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won't stop him from plotting a bigger comeback -- in the political arena that is.
Despite numerous cease-fire violations, international brokers are desperate to persuade at least part of Mali's rebel alliance to sign a peace accord, so they can claim the process has been a success, say analysts.
Russia's hard-line stance of showing off its military might and indicating its readiness to allow the prolongation of its confrontation with the United States and European countries was conspicuous.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
With barely eight months to go before Taiwan holds its next general election, at which both a new president and the entire parliament will be chosen, much hung in the balance as the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, met in Beijing last week with his Communist party counterpart, Xi Jinping, who is both party general secretary and state president.
  
  
  
  
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