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A seemingly endless parade of violent protests, transport strikes and paralyzed infrastructure in recent months has once again given the impression of France as a country that cannot be governed.
 
A funny thing happened to me on the way to today's column, "funny" in the sense of "odd" or "coincidental."
 
From ancient times, amphibious military invasions are rightly regarded as especially challenging. Early summer includes the 72nd anniversary of the greatest such operation, the Allies' invasion of France in World War II, on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day.
 
An unexpectedly bleak May jobs report has suddenly muddied the outlook for the U.S. economy. Until this week, the Federal Reserve had seemed poised to raise interest rates perhaps as soon as June 15
 
In the rugged terrain of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, the fight against the Kabul government has become a war for control of key stretches of main roads and highways as the insurgents use a new tactic to gain ground.
 
Last Tuesday, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte presented his Cabinet-in-waiting to the public for the first time. The rite of political passage was quickly overshadowed, however, when Duterte's news conference took a by-now-familiar turn for the bizarre.
 
Prince's death from an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl is another example of the national opioid epidemic driven by prescription painkillers.
 
Words cannot begin to describe the devastation and suffering that has befallen Syria, now in its fifth year of civil war. Upon his return from the ravaged country, the U.N.'s humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, solemnly told the U.N. Security Council, "I have run out of words to fully explain how the actions of the parties to the conflict have led to the devastation of a country and its people."
 
Hillary Clinton may have found her message. Wrapped in the guise of a foreign policy speech, Clinton delivered a political thrashing of Donald Trump on Thursday that was unquestionably a standout moment for a candidate who has often struggled to focus her White House campaign.
 
The Swiss will head to the polls Sunday to vote on whether to provide the entire population with a basic, unconditional income, in what would be a world first.
 
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