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When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba's communist Commandante was to have outlasted 10 American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the gringo Goliath. Now it is up to Fidel's "kid brother" Raul (aged 85) to run the revolution.
 
From the language he uses to his continuing reluctance and the policies he employs, President Rodrigo Duterte is proving to be different from all the other presidents the Philippines has had.
 
Syrian government forces seized a swath of what was once rebel territory in Aleppo Monday, in one of the most dramatic shifts in the five-and-a-half-year civil war. The divided northern city has paid dearly as a central theater of the war
 
India's move to control the rivers could spell doom.
 
Can voters under democratic systems be trusted these days? That's the most pertinent question we should ask today as voters in country after country are turning their backs on what we consider to be established values and norms in democracies, such as greater prosperity, protection of human rights and peace.
 
We have seen it time and time again -- powerful political or business figures in tracksuits, leading workout campaigns, be it jogging or aerobics, only for the activities to end up as an exercise in futility.
 
In May 2006, then-President Chen Shui-bian attended his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias' inauguration in San Jose.
 
The battering that the president of National Taiwan University (NTU) has been taking these days for allegations of academic dishonesty is now a sad fact of life for him personally.
 
The core integrity required of the media in a functioning political system has come to the fore again with accusations that social media giants such as Facebook and Google provide a platform for fake news.
 
Bad vibrations, as hip types used to say way back in the 1960s.
 
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