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Israel's military justice system is in the spotlight as it investigates a soldier caught on tape shooting to death a subdued Palestinian attacker, a case that has polarized the nation.
 
Among the sprawling thatch huts of Darfur's Zamzam Camp for displaced civilians, there is little feeling a referendum on administrative status might remedy years of suffering caused by the conflict.
 
For a country that believes strongly in noninterference in other countries' internal affairs, China, oddly, is constantly telling other countries what they can and cannot talk about.
 
Mahatma Gandhi once said, to judge how civilized a nation is, just look at how it treats its own minorities. Going by this yardstick, Bangladesh does not make a passing grade.
 
Facing Britain's imperial past, a provocative exhibition on imperial-era art recently closed at London's Tate Britain. The exhibit brought together work by colonizers and the colonized and raised difficult questions about whether modern-day Britons are meant to consider this era with pride or shame.
 
Even before the Paris agreement on climate change was formally signed, research data would suggested that groundwater levels in the Indian subcontinent have been severely depleted by climate change, intensive irrigation, and population growth.
 
In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.
 
Taiwan has once again demonstrated a level of maturity that the international community hopes mainland China will one day show. The recent debacle over the use of "Republic of Taiwan" stickers on passports has shown that Taiwan respects the right of self-expression.
 
The Obama administration is in a bind. Between Iran and a hard place. As it seeks to implement, preserve and strengthen the landmark nuclear deal it negotiated with Iran, the administration is being buffeted by criticism from all sides: Iran, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, not to mention members of Congress, including some who supported the agreement.
 
President Barack Obama has no way out from an insoluble quandary of his own making. He inherited the tough job of disengaging the United States from its involvement in Iraq after the country ended Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in a bid to help Israel. However, his country then exacerbated regional instability by trying to topple Bashar al-Assad's Soviet-supported government in Syria through aiding armed rebellion.
 
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