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If Chuwit Kamolvisit lives up to his reputation for brutal honesty, he will have landed at Suvarnabhumi by the time you are reading this, or at least be in the air, Bangkok-bound. And "with one foot behind bars," as the Thai saying goes, that's courageous. How many politicians or rich celebrities in similar circumstances would choose to leave the safety and comfort of life abroad?
With the picture of the 2016 presidential race finalized after the announcement of Eric Chu and James Soong's vice presidential picks, all eyes are now fixed on the composition of the KMT's legislator-at-large list. Having the perfect lineup with the most ideal players, however, will not help the team if its leaders cannot agree on whether or not it should compete in the current game.
The Tamang village of Larchhyang is situated atop a cliff at a height of almost 2,000 meters in Rasuwa district. To get to Larchhyang, one has to walk from the highway town of Kalikasthan, which is not too far from the Nuwakot border. The initial part of the trail is pretty even. In fact even local buses venture out to a certain point. But seasonal landslides sweep off chunks of the hill leaving no other option than to walk.
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The flood of advertisements of men's cosmetics have gradually become a force propelling the spending spree on Singles Day, which falls on Nov. 11, and indicating a silent change in Chinese men's perception about looks.
In response to procedural maneuvers by the DPP to block his report to the legislature on last week's historic meeting between Taiwan and mainland China in Singapore, President Ma Ying-jeou decided to use his own office to brief the Taiwanese public on the trip's objectives, accomplishments and reaction.
By inviting South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation leaders to his swearing-in ceremony one and a half years ago, Indian PM Narendra Modi had sent a message among neighbors that they would be treated with fairness and respect in his foreign policy.
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Just as Indian Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul haven't understood how the opening up of the economy has changed attitudes towards feudalism, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, has been largely ignorant of the social realities of an economically transformed country although it is now slowly shedding its blinkers.
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif's trip to Saudi Arabia and meetings with the very apex of the leadership of that country have yielded a set of official details that emphasized the need for continuing security and counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.
There is a common complaint that there are more summits between regional leaders in East Asia than in any other part of the world, usually with few outcomes and little reward. Even so, the one that took place on Monday between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye is highly significant.
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