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Actress Scarlett Johansson is denounced as the “poster girl of Israeli apartheid,” Dennis Rodman enters rehab after leaving North Korea and Kim Kardashian is the butt of jokes for tweeting her love of Bahrain.
For all the self-congratulatory headlines in Egypt's pro-military media, the results of last week's constitutional referendum may have fallen short of the emphatic popular mandate the nation's military chief was looking for before announcing his presidential run.
With the “Open Internet” rule struck down by a U.S. court, the future of the online landscape is now murkier than ever.
When Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning sailed into the South China Sea last month, Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr., the man who governs the Philippine town within the contested Spratly Islands, was the least bothered.
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President Ma Ying-jeou, true to his penchant for making big announcements in foreign media interviews, recently told a Hong Kong-based newsweekly that he would like to attend the 2014 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing.
The realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 will allow the free flow of goods, services, skilled labor and investment, and a market that encompasses over 600 million people and US$2 trillion in production. For a country in transition like Vietnam, participation in the AEC is gilded with golden opportunities but also fraught with risks.
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Sit down, gridlock. After years on the bench, compromise is taking a turn in Congress, however briefly, in the form of a budget deal that is modest in size yet marks a major step away from brinkmanship.
Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term unemployment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
Even before Iran's envoys could pack their bags in Geneva after wrapping up a first-step nuclear deal with world powers, President Hassan Rouhani was opening a potentially tougher diplomatic front: selling the give-and-take to his country's powerful insider interests led by the Revolutionary Guard.
As Democrats watched Senate Republicans use Senate procedural rules to thwart more and more of President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees, they wondered how much worse it could get.
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