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Shock and awe just about sums up the stunning achievement of young Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Rio Olympics.
 
One of the promises that every government in Pakistan holds out to the people is that it will end load-shedding. Deadlines are announced but not met. Waiting for uninterrupted power supply from the grid is like waiting for Godot.
 
Celebrating its 71st Independence Day anniversary, Indonesia has revealed an ugly, disturbing side that the nation should have long discarded: xenophobia.
 
By now the name of Gen. Zia ul-Haq has practically become a metaphor for the darkest decade in Pakistan's history.
 
Nepal acquired its sense of national identity after Prithvi Narayan Shah united many small principalities into one political identity in 1768. In this regard, Nepal can be called the oldest nation-state in South Asia. In 1768, the U.S. was still struggling to free itself from the yoke of British colonialism and India existed as a splintered subcontinent, similarly plagued and plundered by British imperialism.
 
Seldom before would a prime minister's address to the nation have caused so many people to "see red" as Narendra Modi's did on the country's Independence Day on Aug. 15: both because of what he said, as well as what he ignored.
 
Taiwan was once regarded as one of the Four Asian Tigers together with Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea -- an economic miracle that many looked up to. In recent years, the economy has been lackluster thanks to its over-reliance on high-tech industries and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) exports, allowing its one-time Tiger counterparts to pull further ahead.
 
A few days ago, I sat down with Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber's 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey.
 
The silencing of Pakistan is well under way. The National Assembly last week passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill.
 
Whether billionaire Donald Trump becomes the next U.S. president is not an issue.
 
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