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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has survived its first serious test as a new community, one could even say with flying colors.
 
The recurring terrorist attacks which have plagued France seem to have no bounds nor mercy.
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The devastating earthquake in April 2015 left 533,045 families homeless. Since the disaster, there have been two successive coalition governments, and now a third one is about to take over following Prime Minister K.P. Oli's resignation.
 
Since Spain first conquered the Philippines 495 years ago, the Philippines' destiny has too often been determined by great foreign powers.
 
Two weeks after the arbitral tribunal of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea issued its award to the Philippines, China continues to seek to undermine the legitimacy of the tribunal, making charges bordering on the slanderous against the judges concerned.
 
When we think about financial planning and budgeting, what most easily comes to mind are the big money decisions -- taking out an insurance policy, putting funds into the stock market, drawing up a 20-year plan for the whole family.
 
Phillipines President Rodrigo Duterte is no climate change denier. In fact, in his very first Cabinet meeting, he declared: "Climate change is here. We were warned several years ago." He proceeded to underscore the vulnerability of our country to the effects of climate change by referencing Super Typhoon Haiyan, echoing what he had voiced out during the campaign period.
 
Our society seems to be fraying at the seams. One sure sign is an Education Ministry gone mad.
 
Amid all the horrid news flooding into our lives these recent days from a dozen or more countries or well known cities, I picked up the paper this past Wednesday and nearly fell off my feet. Like everyone in Taiwan and, I trust, our friends in the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well, I felt dismayed.
 
The military coup attempted in Turkey reinforces already strong anxiety about the Middle East. The effort by elements of the armed forces to oust the elected civilian government has failed, in part because the military was not unified in support of removing current leadership.
 
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