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President Ashraf Ghani seems deliberately to have overlooked the awesome reality in Afghanistan, if his tweet in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's Taliban assault in Kabul is any indication -- "The attack clearly shows the enemy's defeat in face-to-face battle with government forces."
 
It is good to be back after a week away for medical care. If you missed me last Sunday, I am smiling now. And if you did not, I'm here today to wave a friendly hello just the same.
 
Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On April 19, a terrorist explosion rocked a section of Kabul. Early estimates indicate 28 people were killed and approximately 300 wounded. Last September, the extremist Islamic movement temporarily overran the city of Kunduz.
 
The seemingly never ending presidential primary circus came through New York with the predictable partisan name calling and puerile political promises. For much of the campaign the political charges and arguments resembled peeved sandbox-kicking kindergarten kids more than serious adults running for the nation's highest office.
 
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC), which announced Wednesday it had falsified data on fuel efficiency for four minivehicle models, has been in fierce competition over better mileage to attract cost-conscious consumers.
 
China failed last week to pressure Japan and other G-7 countries into not discussing the South China Sea when they met in Hiroshima. Instead, foreign ministers from the seven countries issued a joint statement on maritime security on April 11 which, without mentioning China by name, emphasized the "fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes."
 
Last week, Sun Wenlin and Hu Minglian asked the mainland authorities in Changsha to register them as married. Messrs. Sun and Hu are gay and so their application was turned down by the city government. The appeal that they lodged to a local court was also promptly dismissed.
 
After a year of mortal racist attacks in different parts of the U.S. -- as often as not in connivance with or perpetrated by white police officers -- Hillary Clinton has advanced the severest condemnation yet of what she calls the "reality of systemic racism," of a degree that the country has not been able to "face up to."
 
There are two issues that the Nepal government should prioritize at this moment -- post-earthquake reconstruction and the implementation of the constitution. After major delays, the government is finally moving ahead with the first.
 
The New Power Party (NPP), a small party -- yet the third largest party in the Legislative Yuan -- issued a statement last Friday lauding the government for its all-out efforts to prevent the deportation from Malaysia of 20 Taiwanese nationals suspected of cyber fraud to China.
 
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