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The last few weeks have been tough on the environment of Hong Kong as the local beaches, coasts and harbors have been covered by waves of sea debris of dubious origins. Such trash has no doubt jeopardized the local marine biology, our coasts and, let's say it, people's leisure time.
 
We live in an age where, by means of a single social media post, the reputations of innocent people can easily -- and instantly -- be destroyed or damaged. All it takes is a name, a face, and a caption.
 
Today, one of Turkey's greatest modern poets wrote about his wife in verses composed in his prison cell in 1945, presumably anticipating a visit: "Nazim Hikmet's woman must be beautiful/ Like a rebel flag ..." Last Sunday, one could have been fooled into thinking that a vast meeting space in Istanbul was awash with rebel flags.
 
Mainland China's simmering feud with South Korea over the deployment of an American missile defense system is the latest in a string of foreign policy challenges piling up on mainland China leader's Xi Jinping's desk as he prepares to host the annual summit of the G-20 nations next month.
 
Regional protests that began last year in Ethiopia have spread across the country, and despite successive crackdowns analysts say dissatisfaction with the authoritarian government is driving ever greater unrest.
 
Donald Trump changed some of his facts to fit his agenda Monday, pitching shades of truth and misconceptions in what was billed as a major economic policy speech.
 
In America, Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to break the highest and hardest glass ceiling of all by electing a woman president of the United States. In Britain, Theresa May was catapulted into the role of prime minister to manage the thankless task of extricating the country from the European Union.
 
Regional disparities are stark. One of the world's great achievements of the past decades has been the significant fall in global poverty. Between 1990 and 2012, the proportion of humanity living under US$1.90 a day fell from 37 percent to only 13 percent, driven in large part by the efforts of China. South Asia also witnessed a major decline in poverty, from 51 percent to 19 percent, with unequal progress across countries.
 
There's a whole constellation of issues surrounding the Summer Olympics unfolding in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Established in 2003 as the sole interpreter of the Constitution and an arbiter of election disputes, the Constitutional Court has played a crucial role in stabilizing Indonesia's democracy after the downfall of Soeharto's authoritarian regime. The court has issued landmark rulings that have defined the nation's stance on important but divisive issues, ranging from religious freedom and the death penalty to economic equality.
 
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