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A few days ago, I sat down with Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber's 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey.
 
The silencing of Pakistan is well under way. The National Assembly last week passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill.
 
Whether billionaire Donald Trump becomes the next U.S. president is not an issue.
 
The U.S. has announced preferential access for another 27 products from the least developed countries (LDCs) including Nepal. In addition, Nepal has received the same facility for 66 products under the special Nepal Trade Preferences Act (NTPA) which was passed by the U.S. Congress last year.
 
Rows of empty seats, green water, controlled explosions, stray bullets, the killing of a young policeman in a favela, muggings of team officials, an attack on a media bus, spotty weather, snarled traffic, long travel distances and lack of a Carnival atmosphere.
 
Thai tourism businesses are bracing for the economic fallout from the bomb attacks that killed four and injured dozens of people, including foreign visitors in the seaside resort Hua Hin plus Phuket, two of the country's major tourist destinations.
 
New Jamaican champion makes her mark
The new Olympic champion caught her country's flag from out of the stands, unfurled it and fumbled a bit as she tried to drape it over her shoulders.
 
Contrary to widespread fears during the weeks before the opening of the Rio Olympics, not a single case of Zika virus infection involving an athlete, official or a volunteer has been reported to the Games health office.
 
As lawlessness has grown by leaps and bounds in Pakistan, the demand for private security has accordingly shot up.
 
Events are unfolding every few minutes these days at the Olympic Games in Rio. Those events affect the whole world in ways large and small. It is all very exciting, inspiring, and at times surprising. News from the Olympics may occasionally also be sad.
 
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