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On April 25, 2015 I witnessed the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal. It was an enormous tragedy that hit this country. The earthquake took the lives of nearly 9,000 people, injured twice as many and displaced hundreds of thousands.
 
Thailand's bitter political rivals may be finding themselves in unfamiliar waters leading to the upcoming referendum on the charter draft. That is to say that the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties may have to conspire for the sake of their very slight common interests. Having fought bitterly in a cutthroat showdown that was largely responsible for the military intervention a couple years ago, the country's two biggest political camps must want to restore at least a semblance of the arena where they used to go toe-to-toe.
 
We have just stepped into the Nepal New Year and it has now been a full year since the devastating earthquake knocked us all out of our complacency and tendency to take things for granted. The quake left almost 9,000 people dead, thousands more injured, and countless others homeless, as their houses were destroyed and many villages were reduced to rubble.
 
The debate in Britain on whether the country should get out or remain in the European Union (EU) is fascinating on a number of scores.
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President Ashraf Ghani seems deliberately to have overlooked the awesome reality in Afghanistan, if his tweet in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's Taliban assault in Kabul is any indication -- "The attack clearly shows the enemy's defeat in face-to-face battle with government forces."
 
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC), which announced Wednesday it had falsified data on fuel efficiency for four minivehicle models, has been in fierce competition over better mileage to attract cost-conscious consumers.
 
Last week, Sun Wenlin and Hu Minglian asked the mainland authorities in Changsha to register them as married. Messrs. Sun and Hu are gay and so their application was turned down by the city government. The appeal that they lodged to a local court was also promptly dismissed.
 
After a year of mortal racist attacks in different parts of the U.S. -- as often as not in connivance with or perpetrated by white police officers -- Hillary Clinton has advanced the severest condemnation yet of what she calls the "reality of systemic racism," of a degree that the country has not been able to "face up to."
 
There are two issues that the Nepal government should prioritize at this moment -- post-earthquake reconstruction and the implementation of the constitution. After major delays, the government is finally moving ahead with the first.
 
Whoever dominates the mobile-phone industry dominates the internet. The whole world of information is now available in your hand, replacing your own mind as a repository of information needed in decision-making.
 
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