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It's a deal! The Islamic Republic of Iran is set to buy 100 American-made Boeing civilian airliners for a price tag of almost US$25 billion. The sale, which has been quietly in the works for some months now, can be directly linked to last summer's Iran nuclear accord reached in Vienna by the United States and five other powers, which in effect trades Tehran's presumed nuclear transparency for a lifting of stifling economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Why am I not surprised?
 
He may provoke strong disdain among important voting blocs, but Donald Trump is now in a two-horse race. With the potential of more Hillary email scandals to come, not to mention Trump's track record of proving pundits wrong, he has a chance of winning.
 
A sexual harassment case at Yale University draws comparisons with another similar issue in a Karachi educational institution.
 
Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Remember that name. That is a name that should go down in history -- Hong Kong's history and China's history as well.
 
Both receivers and providers of bribes may benefit from an under the table transaction, but it is society that suffers.
 
There are two countries in Taiwan. One is the Republic of China, which Chiang Kai-shek created by moving his Kuomintang government to Taipei after he was defeated by Mao Zedong in the Chinese civil war at the end of 1949. The other is a country the Taiwan Civil Government (TCG, 台灣民政府) is getting ready to proclaim.
 
Secret killing was once a problem of the rich and famous, but the game has turned on its head in Bangladesh.
 
"Fog in channel, Continent cut off," is a very old British joke about an alleged newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe.
 
I wanted to run the other way these recent days every time my mind bumped against Orlando and the massacre there.
 
In a country awash with automatic weapons, overwhelmed by warring militias, and lacking an effective central government, there's little wonder why global terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS) have found fertile ground for expansion.
 
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