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Disclosures by released bookseller Lam Wing-kee of his treatment in mainland China and the resultant outcry have spurred Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to ask for a review into the notification mechanism between the police forces of Hong Kong and the mainland.
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In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, the French tricolor bloomed on Facebook as millions of people worldwide expressed sympathy for the 129 people who died, and for a universally beloved city scarred by violence.
 
Last week, the world woke up to find that the British actually voted 51.9 percent in favor of an exit from the European Union (EU).
 
An investigation was launched on Friday after a surface-to-surface missile was misfired into the sea near Penghu, an island group near Taiwan proper, killing a local trawler skipper and further straining Taipei-Beijing relations.
 
The shock waves triggered by Britain's decision to quit Europe continue to reverberate around the world, including here in Asia.
 
Unfortunately, a number of local educators might well have emitted a collective sigh of boredom in response to news last week of a cheating scandal in the academic world. Some of us can be forgiven, I'm afraid, for being just a little jaded by now.
 
'The U.S. knows it could not ask for a better friend and ally than the United Kingdom.'
 
The annual round of musical chairs in the U.N. Security Council came early this year as elections for five new non-permanent members to the 15-member council were held as to give prospective countries more time to prepare for their two-year tenure beginning in January. But while the timing may have been shifted from the usual October vote, the broad political substance was largely unchanged.
 
Brexit proves that the phenomenon of disengagement and nationalism is gathering steam.
 
Incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has set high expectations complete with time frames for himself. Will he be able to deliver on those promises?
 
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