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At long last, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture on Dec. 14. Abe first met Putin at Moscow in 2013. The second Abe-Putin meeting took place in the resort city of Sochi near the Black Sea last May.
Last week, Taiwan found itself ranked third in an unlikely list -- the 2016 Index of Ignorance. The index, released by Ipsos MORI, a United Kingdom-based market research company, ranked the alleged "most ignorant places in the world" by asking respondents from 40 countries questions about their own countries.
Later this month, Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor. He will be in Honolulu on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 to visit the site of the surprise Japanese attack, which took place on Dec. 7, 1941 and began what Emperor Hirohito called the Great East Asia War.
Donald Trump is at it again. He has now applied his habit of speaking off the cuff and letting others pick up the pieces to the "One China" policy -- a cornerstone principle, (whether we like it or not,) that has shaped the so-called status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian-turned-politician and the founder of the populist Five Star Movement, summed up the ideology behind the global rise of anti-establishment movements with his message for the "No" campaign of a referendum on constitutional reform in Italy: "Vote with your gut, not with your brain."
The world is looking desperately for answers after Republican candidate Donald Trump's shocking election last week. What will happen when Trump assumes office? How did everyone get the polling so wrong and predict his defeat?
Yesterday, citizens of the United States of America exercised their democratic right and elected Donald J. Trump as their next president. The real estate mogul-cum-reality TV star-cum-populist demagogue is set to become the most powerful man of the world.
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As a society that avoids the mention of death in daily life -- a lot of local buildings skip the fourth floor because the number sounds similar to the word for "death" -- Taiwan has a surprisingly ready acceptance of Halloween.
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte said his country's "sayonara" first and "aloha oe" later to the United States in Beijing during his four-day state visit to the People's Republic of China.
In 1989, Steven Sasson, an employee at Kodak, presented to his boss the world's first DSLR camera, a side project the photographic film company half-heartedly allowed Sasson to work on for over a decade.
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