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Saturday, April 19, 2014
The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe's largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, “spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country's eastern regions bordering Russia.
In Korean, the word Sewol means “time.” Sewol was the name of the ferry that met a sudden and tragic fate on Wednesday morning, but time was what we didn't have in the painstaking efforts to save those on board.
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The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is set to be the most expensive in aviation history, analysts say, as efforts to find the aircraft deep under the Indian Ocean show no signs of slowing.
U.S. President Barack Obama had a curt assessment of his own administration's latest “breakthrough” in its tangled diplomacy with Vladimir Putin: buyer beware.
As much of Indochina marked the New Year this week, it faces a potentially turbulent year. On Monday, a traditional Khmer drummer heralded the dawn of the Year 2557 in the Buddhist calendar from atop Wat Phnom in Cambodia's capital. In neighboring Thailand, the deep hum of temple gongs resonated across rice paddy fields.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The reprieve afforded by Songkran came and went much too fast. Now we return to our evermore-acute anxiety over the country's political and economic state of affairs. Without a fully functioning government for more than four months, Thailand has been shamefully put on an autopilot. Truth be told, we have become a failed state.
As far as diplomatic gambits go, the stakes don't get any higher than the Philippines' decision to challenge China's contentious South China Sea territorial claims at a United Nations tribunal.
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Narendra Modi, most likely India's prime minister in the near future, came under attack last week for a reason other than his right-wing Hindutva ideology. His opponents questioned his admission of marital status in the nomination papers. In earlier elections, he had claimed no family and left the marital status slot blank.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing center-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.
The global financial crash of 2008 not only diminished the savings of workers nearing retirement, but it also altered mindsets about the work cycle.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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