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August, 29, 2016

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In early September, China will host the 2016 G20 Leaders' Summit in its scenic city of Hangzhou.
 
The next United Nations secretary-general should not only be able to lead but to wield enough clout to make a global difference.
 
Bangladeshis being trafficked to other countries is a tragic and all too familiar story.
 
The appointment of Audrey Tang (唐鳳), a self-styled "civic hacker" involved in several online projects on public participation in policy discussions, as a minister without portfolio was seen as a "bold" attempt by the Cabinet to move the government's policy on the digital economy forward.
 
For more than a decade, lawmakers have been pointing at their counterparts to take the blame for what just about everyone agrees is a broken immigration system.
 
A military coup d'etat is an intervention in the national will and an infringement of individual rights in democratic societies. Beyond doubt, any country that has experienced a coup knows that it is a tragic imposition that sets societies and states back decades.
 
We've come a long way since women's suffrage was finally recognized in 1948 with the passage of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but we've still ways to go.
 
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.
 
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