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Burmese Society Slipping Into an Abyss

YANGON, Myanmar—The crowd waiting for Aung San Suu Kyi's highly anticipated address on the ongoing crisis in Rakhine, in western Myanmar, looked prepared for a pep rally, rather than a requiem...

The U.S. Faces Unsavory Choices in the Korean Peninsula

For months now, the U.S. has been trying different measures to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program. In recent weeks, many have assumed that an...

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EU Moving to Undercut Trump in Asia?

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