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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.
 
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.
 
In hiking the retirement age and extolling the benefits of an older workforce, Singapore sets a valuable example.
 
Pakistan's road to China has its bumps
With investment slumping and exports declining, Pakistan is increasingly banking on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to drive future growth.
 
Thailand heaves a sigh of relief over the possible demise of the TPP. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's determination to pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade deal will hurt the global trading system in the wake of previous World Trade Organization (WTO) failures to strike a new agreement on trade and investment liberalization.
 
The Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile and United Payments Interface, Digital India and mobile wallets have already laid the foundation, and the recent demonetization initiative can further facilitate the movement toward a cashless India. With a firm resolve, we can even become the first cashless country in the world.
 
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