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Renho, member of the House of Councilors and acting leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party (DP), won her party's presidential election last Thursday, despite a spat over a supposed "misunderstanding" regarding her "dual nationality."
 
With each scripted speech, shift in policy and attempt to whitewash his past behavior, Donald Trump is brazenly betting that voters now settling on their choice for president are willing to shove aside all that came before his late-in-the-campaign recalibration.
 
On July 25, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) used its Legislative Yuan majority to pass the Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations, legislation that solely targets the Kuomintang (KMT). President Tsai Ing-wen calls the targeting of a single entity transitional justice.
 
Welcome to a continuation of a discussion about what I call "tricky words or expressions" in the use of English. We are here for Part II, which builds on Part I, my column of Sept. 4.
 
"Today we announce an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking." That is how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, standing with Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, announced the Sept. 9 agreement to pursue a ceasefire and longer-term stability in Syria.
 
After two decades of economic sanctions on Myanmar, the U.S. has decided to lift them. The announcement was made following a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar's State Counselor-cum-Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at the White House on Sept. 14.
 
After the outrage over the rapid succession of brutal incidents targeting women, it is unfathomable why the government continues to drag its feet on the anti-rape and anti-"honor" killing bills.
 
North Korea's detonation of its fifth nuclear test last week is a significant punctuation mark in the steadily worsening security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
 
No one can tell for sure how many migrant workers we actually have in this country. Even the authorities and individual officials offer their own variable numbers, not so much because they have something to hide from the public but simply no one knows exactly how many of them are here.
 
Presidents, prime ministers and kings will convene in New York next week for the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
 
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