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The students at Al-Noor Academy, a Muslim school outside Boston, bombarded their government class speaker with questions: How do you start a political discussion? How do you use social media in politics? And how do you influence elected leaders? The group of mostly 16-year-olds was too young to vote but seemed eager to find ways to counter the rhetoric of President Donald Trump who last week issued travel restrictions to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. "Before this election happened, I really didn't know much about politics at all," said Sarah Sendian, a sophomore student at the school in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Comment?
The death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday adds a new layer of uncertainty to U.S. President Barack Obama's faltering "pivot" to Asia less than a month before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential elections. The king was a key figure in cementing the long-standing alliance between the United States and Thailand after World War Two, in a reign that spanned the turmoil of the Vietnam War and development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations , which Washington still considers vital to maintaining its influence in the region. Comment?
SINGAPORE: On April 3, 1950, temple gongs rang out across Siam as he sailed into Bangkok aboard the Royal Thai Navy's flagship Sri Ayutthaya. Thousands of fishing boats rushed out to greet 22-year-old Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was returning to be crowned King. Comment?
Thomas Thwaites receives the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize in Biology for creating prosthetic extensions that allow him to move like a goat. - Reuters CAMBRIDGE, United States: Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it's like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honoured at this year's Ig Nobel spoof awards. Comment?
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