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At this late stage of the ongoing Philippines presidential contest, the man to beat appears to be Rodrigo Duterte -- until very recently an outsider to national politics who very few thoughtful Filipinos took seriously. How does one account for the phenomenal rise to national stature of a local politician from a remote corner of southern Philippines?
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For the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world's most famous political icon in the family of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the ASEAN annual meeting.
 
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.
 
According to The China Times, former President Lee Teng-hui wants to form a new political party, which will see to it that his protege Tsai Ing-wen accomplishes the life-long mission he has assigned to himself.
 
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."
 
It is good to be back after a week away for medical care. If you missed me last Sunday, I am smiling now. And if you did not, I'm here today to wave a friendly hello just the same.
 
Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On April 19, a terrorist explosion rocked a section of Kabul. Early estimates indicate 28 people were killed and approximately 300 wounded. Last September, the extremist Islamic movement temporarily overran the city of Kunduz.
 
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