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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Mainland China shocked global financial markets last week when it allowed its currency, the yuan, to fall in value against the U.S. dollar for three straight days, fueling fears that the world's second-biggest economy was slowing down more than what experts had expected. Stock markets in Asia and Europe suffered widespread losses and many currencies in the region weakened.
The adult ads on Backpage.com are endless -- written in a sort of risque code to avoid implying something illegal, yet still obvious invitations for sex, adorned with suggestive photos and videos. Many in the fight against sex trafficking loathe the website, particularly since some escorts in the ads have turned out to be minors who've been forced into the sex trade.
Monday, August 17, 2015
"Characterization" (月旦評) is a collection of portrayals of heroes of the "Epoch of the Three Kingdoms" by Xu Shao (許劭) in conversations with his cousin on the first day of the first moon.
Malaysia's prime minister has a problem: He can't explain away a US$700 million bank account to a skeptical public.
Myanmar President Thein Sein has launched a palace coup within the ruling party to shore up his support and end the presidential hopes of his rival, the speaker of the lower house Thura Shwe Mann.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Aug. 15 this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We should take this occasion to offer silent, sincere prayers for the repose of the souls of more than 3 million people who perished against their will in that terrible conflict, while renewing our resolve for peace.
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The U.S. 2016 presidential campaign seems different. Traditionally, the Republicans have nominated a known-quantity candidate with extensive government experience. The Democrats are more given to surprises.
The Chinese yuan's sharp plunge this week, after the People's Bank of China widened the trading band, has led to understandable nervousness in the markets.
"Giyera" is the title of an ongoing exhibition at Ayala Museum that looks back at the Japanese occupation of the Philippines through the eyes of Fernando Amorsolo.
New guidelines in a U.S. military war manual may change the rules for reporters covering conflicts, but it remains to be seen how the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) will implement the new policy.
  
  
  
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