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Last Tuesday, the British Government issued its long-awaited six-monthly report on Hong Kong -- something it has done regularly since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, and which the UK government promised parliament that it would do for 50 years.
 
If there is one area in which Pakistan's government has utterly failed to bring about any improvement, it is in the state of public-sector enterprises.
 
Conspiracy theories: We've heard them at the dinner table, we've forwarded them on WhatsApp, and we've debated them online and on talk shows.
 
On Dec. 5, 2004, King Bhumibhol spoke for the first time about the role of the media. He said the media monitors and reflects what is going on in society, acting as a mirror for the government in power and society as a whole.
 
Okinotorishima (沖之鳥島), or the Okinotori "islands," are considered a Japanese uninhabited atoll with a total area of 12.096 acres.
 
The United Nations, once a focus of intense controversy in United States politics, is now broadly accepted.
 
The Sindh government's recent decision to upgrade 100 katchi abadis, or informal settlements, in the province to the township level raises significant questions about how best to tackle the problem of housing the urban poor. Although luxury housing schemes for the rich are found in abundance across Pakistan, there are very few options for the urban poor.
 
A student at Taoyuan Sinwu Junior High School has recently surprised observers (and one of his teachers) by unconventional, even "strange" behavior. His strange actions do not fall into the category of "strange" as negative or irritating, but rather "strange for the good," we might say. For the past half a year, this student has been writing poems for his daily communication homework for his teacher.
 
One newspaper called him a "most unlikely pretender to high office," a "dunderhead" with a "big mouth," known for his "scattershot, impulsive style."
 
In a quiet but contentious campaign, countries are competing for new openings on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council. Many of the contenders for membership on the Geneva-based body include the political Who's Who of authoritarian regimes who are noteworthy abusers of the very human rights they would be slated to protect.
 
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