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December, 10, 2016

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It took Asia by surprise. Now the United States is entering the Trump era. It's time for Asia to grasp what it means, to brace itself for what's next, and to plan for adapting for the possible changes.
 
On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War.
 
Indonesia has avoided the wave of hyper-globalization over the past two decades and remains relatively closed off from the world economy.
 
With the United States under President-elect Trump turning inward and abandoning the Asia-Pacific region by scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), countries in the Asia-Pacific Rim are scrambling to find an alternative free trade agreement.
 
Like all tools mankind has invented, social media is a knife that cuts both ways. When handled responsibly, the new technology has enormous potential for good.
 
"To me, she was a goddess," said party worker Shankar as he joined a sea of mourners bidding farewell to Jayalalithaa Jayaram, highlighting the messianic devotion of India's poor for often controversial champions.
 
Whether giving an impromptu media briefing, tweeting before dawn or revealing a cabinet nominee at a rally, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's methods of communicating his news have been totally unorthodox for an incoming head of state, making press releases seem positively old-fashioned.
 
Nigeria's military campaign against Boko Haram Islamists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter while the U.N. warns the affected region faces the "largest crisis in Africa."
 
Facing mounting pressure to use their technological clout to curb the spread of jihadist propaganda, major U.S. social networks have finally joined forces in an effort to curb "terrorist content."
 
The fate of key Italian banks was up in the air Monday as investors feared that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation would threaten their recapitalization plans.
 
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