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Thailand's World Cup hopes were all but ended this week after a brave performance proved to be inadequate in securing points against the United Arab Emirates. The 3-1 defeat left the Thai national team at the bottom of the Asian qualifying in Group B after three games.
 
Now here's a thought: Have you noticed that each of the major epoch-making events of the past quarter of a century have caught all the experts off guard?
 
Even by the violent standards of Karachi, the size of the arms haul uncovered in a raid on Wednesday is astonishing.
 
There is something to be said for strategic ambiguity. India's claim of a surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in divided Kashmir has been met with Pakistani denial. At least one side is being economical about the truth, although it may well, in fact, be both. Perhaps it is just as well.
 
Concerns about relations between Singapore and China have flared again, after the Global Times claimed that Singapore had pushed to include an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea in the final document of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.
 
One would imagine that a document listing individuals described as "proscribed persons under the law" would be of paramount importance for Pakistan, a country in the throes of a do-or-die battle against militancy.
 
Frustrated by Pakistan's refusal to bow to Indian diktat, encouraged by its strategic partnership with the U.S., alarmed by the renewed revolt in India-held Jammu and Kashmir and humiliated by the killing of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri, Narendra Modi is on the path of war against Pakistan.
 
Though there is a strong demand for a deeper regional integration in South Asia, the progress has been rather slow. Actual implementation of agreements often does not match the declared ambitions, and in this context, lack of political will and leadership, institutional weaknesses, and capacity and resource constraints have been argued to be the major impeding factors.
 
The Saudi-U.S. relationship has endured many jolts over the decades, but there are signs that some within the U.S. establishment are rethinking their approach towards the Saudis.
 
SMRT Corp. should not have been publicly listed in the first place.
 
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