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Democratic Nat'l Convention from a Taiwanese viewpoint
After four consecutive days, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia came to an end on July 28.
 
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has survived its first serious test as a new community, one could even say with flying colors.
 
The recurring terrorist attacks which have plagued France seem to have no bounds nor mercy.
 
The Democratic National Convention's lineup of speakers has highlighted an increasingly diverse country that could soon elect the first female president to succeed its first black chief executive.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to identify Russia as almost certainly the culprit in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing politically embarrassing emails fits his administration's new penchant for openly blaming foreign governments for such break-ins.
 
The devastating earthquake in April 2015 left 533,045 families homeless. Since the disaster, there have been two successive coalition governments, and now a third one is about to take over following Prime Minister K.P. Oli's resignation.
 
Al-Qaida's branch in Syria is considering splitting ties with the global terror group, members say.
 
They heard the pleas for unity. The dire warnings about a Donald Trump presidency. The tributes to Hillary Clinton as a champion of the downtrodden.
 
It's 30 chapters long and almost nobody has read it, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is the unlikely villain at both political conventions.
 
Since Spain first conquered the Philippines 495 years ago, the Philippines' destiny has too often been determined by great foreign powers.
 
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