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Dennis Rodman and basketball diplomacy

‘PING-PONG’ diplomacy paved the way to a political rapprochement between the USA and China in the 1970s. Those were the days of China’s Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, US President Richard Nixon and his diplomatic soldier and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Now, Dennis Rodman is trying to use ‘basketball diplomacy’as an instrument to defrost the ice-cold US-North Korean relations.

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Chris Christie’s Bridge-Gate Scandal

NEW Jersey Governor Chris Christie does not see himself as a bully. But his burly physique and tough-talking mannerisms make you want to believe that he is. Now, he is fighting like a bull to clear his name in the on-going ‘bridge-gate’ scandal. If not handled with care, the scandal might scuttle Christie’s unstated but well-known ambition to run for the US presidency in 2016.

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Marijuana paradise

IF you love the pleasure of smoking marijuana, then the new haven and place to be is a state called Colorado in the United States. And, here are some added incentives for you to go there: you can purchase an ounce of the drug at a time, several times over; you only have to be 21 years old or above to buy the stuff; you don’t even need to be a Colorado State resident to buy or smoke it.

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America’s ‘Exceptionalism’

MOSCOW’S response to President Obama’s advocacy of America’s exceptionalism was swift and blunt. President Vladimir Putin put it this way: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.” Since then, a number of Americans have castigated President Putin for daring to challenge what so many of their compatriots have always accepted and believe to be an incontrovertible, universal truth.

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