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Dear President Lee: It has been a very long time since I last wrote you. Hence this belated letter.
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A country long associated with gross human rights violations, Myanmar, also known as Burma, is now trying to regulate private faith. But judging the atmosphere and conditions leading up to the passing of two laws in Nay Pyi Taw recently, morality was not high on the mind of Myanmar's parliamentarians. The bills regulate religious conversion and polygamy.
"Here is a book you should have, Mr. Director," and with that Jacqueline Kennedy handed CIA director Allen Dulles a copy of "From Russia with Love" by Ian Fleming, the latest novel in the series featuring lethal British agent James Bond. Their 1957 encounter in Palm Beach bears on continuing controversies, and too many recent embarrassments, involving U.S. government intelligence.
Sri Lanka's just-concluded polls drew abnormal interest because of Mahinda Rajapaksa's bid to return as prime minister, barely six months after he lost power as president of the teardrop-shaped island.
On Aug. 6, 1945 the world witnessed what can really be called one of the blackest days in human history.
Hong Kong has prided itself as the freest economy in the world, but last week Chief Executive CY Leung pronounced that the "positive non-intervention" policy is outdated.
Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, and over 12 million people have fled their homeland. Alarmed by these developments, the U.N. Security Council has affirmed its support for finding a durable political settlement to a crisis which after four years of fighting not only threatens Syria, but dangerously has morphed into a regional threat.
The mainland Chinese government needs to quickly ascertain the causes of recent massive explosions while also disclosing pertinent information.
Amid nationwide grief over Monday's deadly bombing at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, a slogan of solidarity among Thais has emerged. "Stronger Together" is now echoing across social media, after it appeared on a banner at the candlelit vigil held at the shrine a day after the attack.
Two brief statements by Singapore's Minister of Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam yesterday brought home how closely the fate of Singapore is related to the internal politics of its closest neighbors.
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