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The dramatic presidential contest and outcome in the United States has distracted attention from important election developments elsewhere in the world, including Asia.
 
Midway Through his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared war against black-money holders. On Nov. 8 he declared that currency notes of 500 and 1,000 rupee denomination were no longer legal tender.
 
Authoritarian regimes and dictators around the world must feel vindicated by the just concluded presidential race in the United States, the one-time champion of liberal democracy that had the habit of exporting if not imposing its political system and the accompanying values to the rest of the world.
 
Since the day Iraqi soldiers fled, dropping their uniforms and weapons, and the region came under ISIS control two years ago, hardly a day goes by without a news report regarding Mosul appearing in the media.
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A powerful U.N. committee has scathingly criticized the systematic human rights abuses in North Korea. In a damning 10-page resolution, the Third Committee has offered a detailed and precise indictment of a deteriorating human rights situation in the quaintly titled Democratic People's Republic of Korea, (DPRK) aka North Korea.
 
On the morning of Nov. 9, I became Christopher Columbus. I discovered a new America.
 
It's the crucial question in Syrian politics: Is there a third way? Is the choice really between the barbarism of the violent jihadis and the repression of President Assad? Aren't there any alternatives?
 
British envoy highlights rail ties
In January this year, I was honored to be asked by British Prime Minister Theresa May to be the first-ever U.K. trade envoy for Taiwan. The prime minister's instructions were clear -- support economic growth by building on the U.K.'s already strong relations with Taiwan, maximize bilateral trade, and generate real and long-term economic benefits for both markets.
 
As the marathon quadrennial circus in the U.S. drew to a close last week, most people expected to hear a monumental sigh of relief as the curtain came down.
 
Following the U.S. election results the past week, I've been having many conversations with friends and family with regards to Hillary Clinton's defeat to Donald Trump.
 
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