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As bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs, the Philippine president is making waves at his first summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations where he joins a diverse cast of leaders, including some who have found themselves in the crosshairs of human rights watchdogs.
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For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together.
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Donald Trump isn't making it easy for top supporters and advisers, from his running mate on down, to defend him or explain some campaign positions.
 
Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names.
 
For more than a decade, lawmakers have been pointing at their counterparts to take the blame for what just about everyone agrees is a broken immigration system.
 
For five years fighting has raged in Syria -- a humanitarian disaster destabilizing the region and the world. The aim of Bashar Assad's opponents always was to drive the Syrian leader from power, but they have lacked the means to dislodge him. Now an inflection point may be at hand, with powerful opposition backer Turkey suggesting Assad, despite his brutality in the war, could play a role in an unspecified transition period.
 
Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America's first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off?
 
The rich keep getting richer while more Americans are getting left behind financially. Income inequality has surged near levels last seen before the Great Depression. The average income for the top 1 percent of households climbed 7.7 percent last year to US$1.36 million, according to tax data tracked by Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Donald Trump's turbulent summer has been shadowed by a nagging question: Does the Republican nominee actually want to win the presidency?
 
For America's wealthiest families, the presidential campaign presents a stark choice: A big tax increase if Hillary Clinton wins the election -- or a big tax cut if Donald Trump wins.
 
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