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A few days ago, I sat down with Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber's 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey.
 
The silencing of Pakistan is well under way. The National Assembly last week passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill.
 
Whether billionaire Donald Trump becomes the next U.S. president is not an issue.
 
The U.S. has announced preferential access for another 27 products from the least developed countries (LDCs) including Nepal. In addition, Nepal has received the same facility for 66 products under the special Nepal Trade Preferences Act (NTPA) which was passed by the U.S. Congress last year.
 
Thai tourism businesses are bracing for the economic fallout from the bomb attacks that killed four and injured dozens of people, including foreign visitors in the seaside resort Hua Hin plus Phuket, two of the country's major tourist destinations.
 
Contrary to widespread fears during the weeks before the opening of the Rio Olympics, not a single case of Zika virus infection involving an athlete, official or a volunteer has been reported to the Games health office.
 
As lawlessness has grown by leaps and bounds in Pakistan, the demand for private security has accordingly shot up.
 
Should a country execute its own citizens in the name of fighting crime? That remains a profoundly contentious issue for people and nations worldwide.
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Thailand marked Her Majesty the Queen's birthday and Mother's Day yesterday. Yet, unlike pervious years, when popular hashtags among online users were celebratory, yesterday's top hashtag on Twitter was #PrayForThailand.
 
These last few days the old Star Trek saying, "resistance is futile," comes to mind -- helped probably by the latest, and I have to say commendable, escapades of the USS Enterprise on the big screen.
 
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