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Several of my reader-friends, including a native speaker of English, have saddened me recently by telling me that my words on page 4 here sometimes confuse them.
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The passing of Shimon Peres of Israel provides an opportunity to evaluate his leadership, and also the evolving political and strategic situation of his country and the wider region. Undeniably, he is a remarkable figure, influential in death as he was during his long life.
Thailand's World Cup hopes were all but ended this week after a brave performance proved to be inadequate in securing points against the United Arab Emirates. The 3-1 defeat left the Thai national team at the bottom of the Asian qualifying in Group B after three games.
Now here's a thought: Have you noticed that each of the major epoch-making events of the past quarter of a century have caught all the experts off guard?
Even by the violent standards of Karachi, the size of the arms haul uncovered in a raid on Wednesday is astonishing.
White smoke has emerged from the Security Council, where the powerful 15-member body, has selected a new U.N.
There is something to be said for strategic ambiguity. India's claim of a surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in divided Kashmir has been met with Pakistani denial. At least one side is being economical about the truth, although it may well, in fact, be both. Perhaps it is just as well.
Concerns about relations between Singapore and China have flared again, after the Global Times claimed that Singapore had pushed to include an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea in the final document of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.
Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama was in Hangzhou for a G-20 meeting and, while there, held what is likely to be his last substantive bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two men may meet again at the Nov. 19-20 APEC leaders' meeting in Lima, Peru but, by then, there will be a new American president waiting in the wings.
One would imagine that a document listing individuals described as "proscribed persons under the law" would be of paramount importance for Pakistan, a country in the throes of a do-or-die battle against militancy.
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