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Even before the Paris agreement on climate change was formally signed, research data would suggested that groundwater levels in the Indian subcontinent have been severely depleted by climate change, intensive irrigation, and population growth.
 
In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.
 
Taiwan has once again demonstrated a level of maturity that the international community hopes mainland China will one day show. The recent debacle over the use of "Republic of Taiwan" stickers on passports has shown that Taiwan respects the right of self-expression.
 
The Obama administration is in a bind. Between Iran and a hard place. As it seeks to implement, preserve and strengthen the landmark nuclear deal it negotiated with Iran, the administration is being buffeted by criticism from all sides: Iran, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, not to mention members of Congress, including some who supported the agreement.
 
President Barack Obama has no way out from an insoluble quandary of his own making. He inherited the tough job of disengaging the United States from its involvement in Iraq after the country ended Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in a bid to help Israel. However, his country then exacerbated regional instability by trying to topple Bashar al-Assad's Soviet-supported government in Syria through aiding armed rebellion.
 
A new-old idea is rattling around the Middle East five years after the Arab Spring stirred democratic ambition: that restoring stability, especially if accompanied by some economic and political improvements, should be reform enough for the moment.
 
This week's general election in South Korea is expected to feature a new breed of "angry young voter," -- millennials frustrated with record-high unemployment and widening inequality in career prospects.
 
Senior U.S. military leaders take their political neutrality seriously. But this year's presidential election -- with its forays into national security issues that have included proposals for carpet-bombing Syrian cities or waterboarding extremists -- has America's top brass navigating a political minefield.
 
No two words come even remotely close to "the kind of ugly," we might say, that we find in the term "revenge porn." The two words linked together are the verbal equivalent of the highest grade of coarse-grain sandpaper. And that is an incredibly mild metaphor for what we're talking about.
 
The Nuclear Summit in Washington D.C. concluded April 1 with a formal statement underscoring nuclear weapons control. These are particularly horrific weapons of mass destruction. Press commentary dismissing the exercise as just another diplomats' talkfest is misleading.
 
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