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The operation against militants in Punjab was long overdue. Both skeptics and believers of state policies had been watching out for it, locked in a "will it/won't it/when will it" debate. It's kind of like the monitoring of Voyager 1 to see whether a manmade device could exit the heliosphere, the boundary separating the solar system from the rest of the galaxy. That occurred in the same year as Pakistan's first democratic transition, which for some seemed equally improbable.
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has become the latest world leader to warn of the dangers of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, which the UK could potentially do if British voters opt to do so in a referendum to be held on June 23.
 
The verdict is out: There are no women, in Pakistan's population of nearly 200 million, competent enough to serve on the board of directors of the State Bank of Pakistan.
 
The mass-circulation vernacular United Daily News published last Thursday an interview with Richard Bush, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. In the interview in Washington, Bush, who is now the director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) of the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, made an enigmatic suggestion that the United States may cease to be a balancer between China and Taiwan at least for the time being.
 
In solving mysteries, the detective Sherlock Holmes used to say that "once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
 
The horrible pain Taiwan is still feeling so keenly over the murder of the toddler now popularly known as "Xiao Deng Pao" (Little Light Bulb) is sure to stay with us for some time. Pundits of every sort have literally pounced on this tragic event, and I myself struggled over the question of whether to address it here today.
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Very brutal criminals are facing justice. On March 24, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Radovan Karadzic of genocide. He is responsible for a massacre of approximately 8,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
 
The modern day barbarians have been routed from the ancient city of Palmyra, but the destruction left in the wake of the nearly yearlong Islamic State occupation has been near catastrophic. After five years of conflict, war-torn Syria sees the fruits of limited cease-fires allowing observers to gaze upon a near apocalyptic humanitarian and physical landscape.
 
As a member nation Indonesia is obliged to comply with regulations issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including the willingness to be supervised by the institution, a process known as country surveillance.
 
The phone snaps to life, the ring tone strident, the caller's name lighting up the screen: Ammi Jaan (dear mom).
 
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