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As far as I can recall, today marks the second time that the famous doll -- cartoon character Hello Kitty is making an appearance in this space.
 
The tide of hate has come to Brussels with three terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital. Islamic State (IS) jihadi militants carried out coordinated bombings at the Brussels Airport, as well as the metro, killing at least 31 people and wounding hundreds of civilians.
 
Child marriage is pervasive in developing and underdeveloped countries. While both boys and girls fall victim to this practice, it affects girls disproportionately. In Nepal, over 3 million girls under the age of 19 are currently married or in union, according to UNICEF. More than half of them become mothers before their teen years are over.
 
To an extent, a book crafted in any language can be a source of subjective reflection; it is up to the reader or critic to draw conclusions.
 
Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's visit to China, which comes at an important time, has significant implications for Nepal's economic development, relations with India, and democratization.
 
The shock announcement that China and the Gambia have re-established diplomatic relations raises the specter of a return to the cross-straits diplomatic rivalry via checkbook diplomacy that prevailed before Ma Ying-jeou became the island's leader in 2008.
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While I was studying toward my master's degree in journalism at Southern Illinois University, I took a required public opinion survey course. Only seven graduate students took it, and I was the only non-American foreigner. Our professor demanded that every one of us hand in a poll as a term paper. So, all of us concocted it by first deciding on the results and then collecting all the necessary data to fit without choosing the samples. We just made it up. All of us passed cum laude.
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Comparisons between situations political in nature may be frustrating because they tend so easily to lack analysis and depth. Yet, there are times when I find myself falling for that very temptation, wanting to talk about politics from a comparative point of view.
 
British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle greatly raised the prestige of the lowly detective story with his fictional alter ego Sherlock Holmes. One of Holmes' most brilliant insights concerned something which was not present. In "Silver Blaze" a dog's failure to bark in the night provided the crucial evidence.
 
Spring is the time for conferences. I was lucky to join two excellent conferences last week, one in Singapore organized by the Nanyang Technological University Para Limes Institute on "Silent Transformations," followed by another on "Advancing Asia -- Investing for the Future," organized by the IMF and the Ministry of Finance, India in New Delhi.
 
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