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"Tsai is 'extreme' because she is single: China."
 
Tsai Ing-wen has been formally inaugurated as the new president of Taiwan. She is the first woman to hold this top government position, a milestone of tremendous importance.
 
The U.S. Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating university kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.
 
The World Humanitarian Summit has reinforced the urgent need for people hit by conflict and disasters to receive better help, but the first meeting of its kind may not trigger the changes necessary to fix their plight, aid officials and experts say.
 
At least 200 U.S. special operations troops are in Syria advising the Syrian Democratic Forces in their effort to retake the city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group.
 
There is the soaring rhetoric. And then there's the messy reality. When U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make a historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday -- the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the site of the first atomic bomb attack -- their words advocating nuclear disarmament will clash with real-world security necessities.
 
Chinese state media said that the "atomic bombings of Japan were of its own making," ahead of a historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday by U.S. President Barack Obama.
 
The atomic blast in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 killed 140,000 people; tens of thousands died instantly, while the rest succumbed to injuries or illness in the weeks, months and years afterward.
 
It's all but official: this summer's Greek crisis has been called off. After an 11-hour meeting lasting into the early hours Wednesday, European officials agreed to unfreeze more rescue loans and to consider ways to lighten Greece's debt load. That means Greece stands to get 10.3 billion euros (US$11.5 billion) from its bailout loan package from European governments and the International Monetary Fund.
 
The disputed rocks and reefs of the South China Sea are more than an ocean away from the landlocked African nation of Niger. But that has not stopped the strife-ridden, largely desert country of 17 million people adding its voice to a growing diplomatic chorus that Beijing says supports its rejection of an international tribunal hearing on the waters.
 
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