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For five years fighting has raged in Syria -- a humanitarian disaster destabilizing the region and the world. The aim of Bashar Assad's opponents always was to drive the Syrian leader from power, but they have lacked the means to dislodge him. Now an inflection point may be at hand, with powerful opposition backer Turkey suggesting Assad, despite his brutality in the war, could play a role in an unspecified transition period.
 
A victory of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election would have serious repercussions not just on Filipinos in America but also on Philippine-American relations.
 
The World Bank (WB), at the end of April this year, had some very encouraging things to say about the Bangladesh economy.
 
Forget suicide jackets, or 19-tonne trucks driven by homicidal maniacs -- as happened in Nice on July 14. The latest 'weapon of terror' triggering a paroxysm of fear and loathing across parts of Europe is the burkini.
 
Of late, discussion of Hong Kong's possible independence from China has been in the air, a cause no serious politician has espoused since the former British colony returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. What happened?1
 
During the court's hearings, six experts claimed that the actions of LGBT movement amounted to a proxy war.
 
The debate is still on as to the identification and roots of those who committed the attack on July 1 on the Holi Artisan bakery.
 
Outstanding electricity bills are just one of the many problems facing the the Nepal Electricity Authority.
 
Indonesia Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly may not have the eloquence of a natural orator, but when defending his policy to grant Independence Day remissions to 82,000 prisoners in a media briefing last week, he used well-chosen words that sounded almost like he was giving a eulogy.
 
Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America's first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off?
 
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