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An investigation was launched on Friday after a surface-to-surface missile was misfired into the sea near Penghu, an island group near Taiwan proper, killing a local trawler skipper and further straining Taipei-Beijing relations.
 
President Barack Obama is backtracking on his warning that Britain would go to the "back of the queue" for a U.S. trade deal, as he tries to contain the fallout of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
 
Sadness, insomnia, frustration and confusion: the Brexit blues have gripped many European Union supporters since Britain's shock decision to leave the bloc last week.
 
Australia's two major parties have so far failed to win a majority in the 150-seat House of Representatives to rule outright after national elections on Saturday, with a result not likely for several days.
 
The shock waves triggered by Britain's decision to quit Europe continue to reverberate around the world, including here in Asia.
 
Unfortunately, a number of local educators might well have emitted a collective sigh of boredom in response to news last week of a cheating scandal in the academic world. Some of us can be forgiven, I'm afraid, for being just a little jaded by now.
 
'The U.S. knows it could not ask for a better friend and ally than the United Kingdom.'
 
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. It had been a long and tough fight, Obama said, and he had taken some beatings -- even from supporters who "whupped on me good."
 
The annual round of musical chairs in the U.N. Security Council came early this year as elections for five new non-permanent members to the 15-member council were held as to give prospective countries more time to prepare for their two-year tenure beginning in January. But while the timing may have been shifted from the usual October vote, the broad political substance was largely unchanged.
 
When Britain voted to leave the European Union, pro-Russians in Serbia were quick to proclaim the bloc's death: they lit candles and laid flowers in front of the EU headquarters in Belgrade and declared the country's efforts to join the 28-nation club null and void.
 
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