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January, 18, 2017

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Rex Tillerson, picked by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, stirred up a hornet's nest when he condemned Chinese actions in the South China Sea, comparing the construction of artificial islands in disputed waters with Russia's seizure of Crimea and saying that China's access to the islands "is not going to be allowed."
 
It was always going to be hard for outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama to live up to expectations in Africa.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have got off to a rocky start but his impending departure has sparked a wave of nostalgia and trepidation in Berlin.
 
The importance of nurturing fatherhood
A former colleague of mine rarely bought food at noon, preferring a "home-cooked meal" made by his retired father. It was dry slices of white bread heaped with pork floss or condensed milk and, once, a can of tuna.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting three Southeast Asian countries and Australia.
 
One well-known political quip in the United States is: When facing a domestic trouble, the president goes abroad. President Richard M. Nixon did so quite often, but finally he had to resign in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office because of Watergate.
 
Thais recently celebrated National Children's Day, when youngsters are given just about everything they want, from toys and games to visits to a zoo or amusement park.
 
The parliamentary discussion in Singapore this week of the Terrex detention issue -- the seizure of Singapore army equipment while on route from Taiwan -- clarified a major point: that this is an issue of law.
 
The Myanmar special envoy was in Dhaka recently to discuss the Rohingya refugee issue, the direct consequence of the Rohingya crisis.
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Tourism was one of the country's many sectors that suffered due to the double whammy of 2015 -- the devastating earthquake and the crippling trade embargo imposed by India.
 
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