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January, 17, 2017

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There is a lot of curiosity about how President-elect Donald Trump's administration may deal with Pakistan and the broader South Asian region. But there is too much uncertainty still for political analysis to produce anything truly meaningful in response.
 
The year 2016 will be remembered for many things, not least of which for how the old world order got tossed out and a new world order got established.
 
It goes without saying that Christmas is my favorite time of year.
 
Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.
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West African island nation Sao Tome and Principe cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan last Wednesday. The ties were established in 1997 when Sao Tome switched diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taipei.
 
Iraqi Christians filled the pews of the fire-scarred Mar Shimoni church in a town east of Mosul on Christmas Eve for the first service since its recapture from jihadists.
 
No matter how vigilant people are, someone, somewhere will err sometimes.
 
This season, let's examine whether we give enough, and in time, to those really in need.
 
You may have read last Wednesday in a local newspaper about a special kind of convenience store in the Xinyi district of Taipei that called it quits this past week. This is a place and a story that offers lessons to ponder.
 
Christmas season is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly-defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise. German forces rapidly gained ground.
 
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