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September, 30, 2016

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On Monday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally ordered an end to military trials for civilians.
 
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's decision to put the affiliation process of medical colleges on hold until a bill on medical education reform is endorsed by the Parliament is a very positive step. This decision follows a recent warning by Govinda KC, a campaigner who has long fought for reforms in the medical sector, that he will once again go on a hunger strike if his demands are not met.
 
The White House was submerged in scandal. Democrats faced tough midterm elections. And Hillary Clinton, far more popular than her embattled husband, had become a one-woman campaign machine.
 
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."
 
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