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Five years after the Arab Spring revolutions swept the Middle East, the expansive North African country of Libya has descended into a dangerous downward spiral in which competing governments, militias, and terrorist elements have formed a chaotic witch's brew on the doorstep of Europe. Ominously, according to diplomatic and military officials, Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists have become entrenched in this strategic but fragmented state that borders six other countries.
 
The case of the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers, who all turned up in China, has rocked Hong Kong society to its core, shaking confidence in the mainland's promises of "one country, two systems." At the same time, it has placed China under a microscope with governments around the world accusing Beijing of rampant violation of human rights and international norms by abducting individuals and taking them to the mainland.
 
On Saturday, March 5 members of Democrats Abroad in Taiwan voted to award delegates to their party's presidential candidate nominating convention from among overseas voters who register to vote in a "global primary" rather than vote in a primary or caucus in a United States state or territory.
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A 2013 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations shows that 51 percent of South Asia's 1.6 billion people are directly engaged in agriculture and 42 percent of South Asia's landmass is under agricultural use.
 
Gene Loh (陸以正) and I met for the first time in 1961. He was nine years my senior, and headed the Second Division of the just-created Government Information Office in charge of "international public relations" (國際宣伝). I was working for the U.S. Information Service in Taipei as chief press editor.
 
In line at the bank. Queuing up at the fuel station. A slow-moving procession at the passport department. In an endless column to get gas. At the window on a dreary February morning, sky overcast, with a light drizzle beginning.
 
It's a fact that not all of Penang's state government leaders are true-blue Penangites. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was born in Johor and spent his childhood in Malacca.
 
Surveys and their results are not divinities, and so we'd be foolish to worship them. Still, a recent survey about abuse in relationships in Taiwan is worth notice.
 
In more striking terms than other nations, China presents contrasting images to the world, with both highlighted in recent news. The Group of 20 (G-20) economic summit just concluded in Shanghai represents both the opportunities and challenges of the current global economy.
 
The U.N. Security Council has tightened the economic sanctions noose on North Korea in response to the Pyongyang regime's nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation. The 15-member Council voted unanimously to slam a wide range of economic, scientific and trade bans on the reclusive communist country in direct response to North Korea's fourth nuclear weapons test and a ballistic missile launch earlier this year.
 
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