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Sustained diplomacy and dialogue in the Asia-Pacific

Sustained diplomacy and dialogue in the Asia-Pacific PEACE-MAKER Jose de Venecia Jr. Former Speaker of the House Amid the recent tensions in the Taiwan Strait, which is one of the protracted flashpoints in Asia and in the world, we wish to reiterate our continuing modest calls and fervent wish against…
bubmag
August 13, 2022
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Russia’s threats to shut down Jewish Agency raise alarm bells

(The Conversation) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 sparked a surge of refugees fleeing the war zone, but political repression and economic uncertainty have also prompted emigration from Russia itself. Among the emigrants are Russian Jews, 16,000 of whom have left for Israel in the nearly six months…
bubmag
August 11, 2022
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BTS rekindle debate about military service in South Korea

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comSEOUL, July 4 (Reuters) - A surprise decision by South Korean boy band BTS to take a break from live shows has rekindled debate about mandatory military service in a country setting global pop-culture trends while facing a decades old Cold War threat.…
bubmag
July 4, 2022
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Russia threat rekindles NATO’s sense of purpose

NATO will undertake "the biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War" at this week's key summit in Madrid, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. Driving the news: Stoltenberg announced that NATO will increase the number of high-readiness forces to "well over 300,000” from around 40,000, and it…
bubmag
June 28, 2022