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September, 26, 2016

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Republican Donald Trump has rolled out a new attack line against Hillary Clinton as they enter the final stretch of the presidential race, and it's a head-turner. His claim: that his Democratic rival has been running a policy-free campaign, lacking specific proposals.
 
The heavy-handed posture of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration appears to have led to the rise of "anti-China" forces in Hong Kong.
 
Some worry that our outspoken president may be unnecessarily antagonizing the U.S. for our country's own good, while sounding deliberately gentle with China -- in the name of pursuing an "independent foreign policy."
 
In an ideal world, sovereign nations would maintain the unchallenged authority to implement any policy without other countries attempting to intervene, not even the superpowers on which so much depends in our interconnected world. In reality, however, no national leader has the freedom to pursue policies deemed inappropriate by the international community.
 
With its fifth -- and most powerful -- nuclear test since 2006 and the second so far this year, North Korea has shown how far its nuclear weapons program has come.
 
For nearly 24 hours, Donald Trump was quiet. As Hillary Clinton waded through the most perilous stretch of her campaign to date, the GOP presidential nominee held his tongue, allowing amateur footage of his foe stumbling after falling ill to play over and over on TV without his commentary.
 
As Muslims worldwide have just performed another Hajj and are celebrating Eid, it is perhaps an opportune moment to reflect on the current state of the abstract construct -- the "Muslim world."
 
Reverberations from last week's election continue to be felt as the former British colony enters a new historical phase with a changed political landscape.
 
Ilya Gushchin says the two and a half years he spent in prison for standing up to the Kremlin were a warning from the authorities for ordinary Russians.
 
The way Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte responded to U.S. questioning of his government's handling of the anti-narcotics campaign showed that future relations between the world's most powerful country and its closest Southeast Asian ally are shifting fast.
 
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