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Child marriage is pervasive in developing and underdeveloped countries. While both boys and girls fall victim to this practice, it affects girls disproportionately. In Nepal, over 3 million girls under the age of 19 are currently married or in union, according to UNICEF. More than half of them become mothers before their teen years are over.
 
To an extent, a book crafted in any language can be a source of subjective reflection; it is up to the reader or critic to draw conclusions.
 
Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's visit to China, which comes at an important time, has significant implications for Nepal's economic development, relations with India, and democratization.
 
Spring is the time for conferences. I was lucky to join two excellent conferences last week, one in Singapore organized by the Nanyang Technological University Para Limes Institute on "Silent Transformations," followed by another on "Advancing Asia -- Investing for the Future," organized by the IMF and the Ministry of Finance, India in New Delhi.
 
The modern age of geopolitics began just over a century ago. The influence of geographical factors on international relations was first highlighted by Sir Halford Mackinder in his famous paper submitted to the Royal Geographical Society in 1904. He extended the scope of geopolitical analysis to encompass the entire world...
 
On Saturday, March 5 members of Democrats Abroad in Taiwan voted to award delegates to their party's presidential candidate nominating convention from among overseas voters who register to vote in a "global primary" rather than vote in a primary or caucus in a United States state or territory.
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A 2013 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations shows that 51 percent of South Asia's 1.6 billion people are directly engaged in agriculture and 42 percent of South Asia's landmass is under agricultural use.
 
In line at the bank. Queuing up at the fuel station. A slow-moving procession at the passport department. In an endless column to get gas. At the window on a dreary February morning, sky overcast, with a light drizzle beginning.
 
It's a fact that not all of Penang's state government leaders are true-blue Penangites. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was born in Johor and spent his childhood in Malacca.
 
The Feb. 17 meeting was the third between Aung San Suu Kyi and military Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing since the National League for Democracy's (NLD) electoral victory in November last year.
 
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