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WE may have begun to see the new foreign policy of the country at work during the just-concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Manila with the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, China, and other partner nations.

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EUROPE is in the grip of a heat wave that sent temperatures soaring to as high as 41 degrees Celsius this week. The extreme heat caused wildfires, damaged crops, and strained water supplies in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia.

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MANY will find the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ joint communiqué on the South China Sea disputes wanting in so many ways.

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On two fronts this week, efforts were made to make North Korea abandon its nuclear missile program which, it has repeatedly said, is aimed at the United States.

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WE seem to have a habit of postponing important decisions until the last moment. We are doing it again in the case of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections which are supposed to be held October 23, 2017, but administration officials want them postponed.

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THERE were seven countries in the world providing free college education – Brazil, Germany, Finland, France, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden. With the approval of the Free Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, RA 10931, last Thursday, the Philippines now joins these seven.

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