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April 2017 marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which took almost 8,860 lives, injured 22,000, damaged 602,257 houses, and rendered thousands of people homeless.
 
Say this about the NBA playoffs: It's usually quite predictable.
 
Swathed in bandages on her head for injuries inflicted by a blast set off by a suicide bomber, the little Syrian girl smiled at the camera from the back of an ambulance in a powerful video clip that's being shared online.
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has probably been weakened rather than strengthened by grasping for even more power.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump exploded from the blocks after his inauguration on Jan. 20, but soon found out he was not in a sprint but in a long-distance race.
 
If China were to assert more pressure on North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile programmes, it would not be at the behest of United States President Donald Trump.
 
There's troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia Minor. In a decisive but divisive referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote.
 
Myanmar has made substantial shifts towards its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in Southeast Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar.
 
For the past 50 years the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been a reliable partnership for peace and stability in this geopolitically important part of the world. There is no reason why the bloc cannot continue in a role it has performed so well, but ample cause now to do more.
 
The Chinese government apparently worries that, as it puts it, "storm clouds are gathering" over the Korean Peninsula. If the United States and the two Koreas "let war break out, they must shoulder that historic culpability and pay the corresponding price," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
 
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