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If at times it appears that the state is not demonstrating enough seriousness in the fight against terrorism and militancy, there is also ample evidence that, notwithstanding Pakistan's battle-scarred landscape, the citizenry itself has the same mindset.
 
Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
 
Brazil is truly a nation in flux. The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have unfolded fairly smoothly, though not without incidents and ongoing tensions. On Aug. 14, four swimmers from the United States reported being robbed, but that incident is now discounted.
 
The rich keep getting richer while more Americans are getting left behind financially. Income inequality has surged near levels last seen before the Great Depression. The average income for the top 1 percent of households climbed 7.7 percent last year to US$1.36 million, according to tax data tracked by Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Donald Trump's turbulent summer has been shadowed by a nagging question: Does the Republican nominee actually want to win the presidency?
 
What is a memorable way to celebrate a country's independence day? For Indonesia, one of the events lined up was the sinking of foreign fishing boats caught after allegedly encroaching into its territorial waters. Not one boat, not several boats, but 60 in one go.
 
Shock and awe just about sums up the stunning achievement of young Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Rio Olympics.
 
A vital American ally has gone geopolitically adrift in the wake of Turkey's failed military coup and the subsequent crackdown on all forms of domestic political dissent by the strongman ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bloody coup in which hundreds died, nonetheless served as a tragic backdrop for what appears to be a pre-planned crackdown by Erdogan loyalists on a wide swath of opposition forces.
 
One of the promises that every government in Pakistan holds out to the people is that it will end load-shedding. Deadlines are announced but not met. Waiting for uninterrupted power supply from the grid is like waiting for Godot.
 
For America's wealthiest families, the presidential campaign presents a stark choice: A big tax increase if Hillary Clinton wins the election -- or a big tax cut if Donald Trump wins.
 
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