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People participate in the Chinese New Year Parade on February 2, 2014 in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. The parade, which is in it's 15th year in New York, brought out thousands of participants and viewers.

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EVANSTON, Illinois —The recent revelation of asylum fraud in New York’s Chinatown has lead to the prosecutions of 30 people, including attorneys who reportedly falsified documents.

But the bust begs us to address a more tragic problem than the crime itself: the complicity of United States Customs and Immigration Services in a trafficking business that generates $9.5 billion in the US each year.

The United States offers two programs that can provide refuge to individuals that have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution: a refugee program for persons outside the US and their immediate relatives, and an asylum program for persons in the US and their immediate relatives. Asylum fraud is fabricating persecution in order to claim the benefits of asylum.

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Members of transsexual organizations demonstrate in front of the Nacional Assembly in Caracas on January 31, 2014. Sexual diversity activists' organizations presented 20,000 signatures the supporting same sex marriage.

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BOGOTA — Will cuts to foreign aid as a response to anti-gay laws help the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Africa? The conventional wisdom seems to say “yes.”

Recent legislation in Uganda, which imposes a life sentence for “aggravated homosexuality” and criminalizes any promotion of homosexuality, has been rightly condemned as a violation of the fundamental equality and dignity of LGBT people.

In response, a number of Western countries, including Norway, Denmark and Sweden, have withdrawn foreign assistance, and the World Bank froze a $90 million loan to Uganda.

These actions, while understandable, are misguided.

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd at the end of a visit at the parish of Santa Maria dell'Orazione in Guidonia Montecelio near Rome on March 16, 2014.

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The sudden and completely unexpected appearance of Pope Francis, following the drearily predictable pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, leaves many gasping.

It's almost as if Mother Angelica, with her drearily predictable decades of the rosary, were to be suddenly transformed into Lady Gaga.

The last two popes were unyielding conservatives.

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DENPASAR, INDONESIA – As China’s National People's Congress met in Beijing from March 5-13, the prevailing news story was one of a commitment to critical reforms, including reinvigorated efforts to fight the corruption and pollution that have accompanied China's remarkable economic rise.

At least that, and a government commitment to an approximately 7.5% economic growth rate, was the story that China's leaders wanted reported out of Beijing, as an estimated 3,000 delegates gathered to approve—cynics might say "rubber stamp"—legislation and key government personnel changes.

But not all went as hoped.

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Palestinian protestors from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, waves their national flag as they sit in the road in front of Israeli security forces during a demonstration against Jewish settlers and the nearby Jewish settlement of Hallamish on March 14, 2014.

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OWL’S HEAD, Maine—It's been a good couple of weeks for President Obama on the international front.

It all started with the Putin takeover of the Crimea. While that certainly was not good news for Obama, at least it pushed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu—and his annual visit to Washington where he invariably upstages President Obama—to the inside pages of our national newspapers.

And just when we'd had it with Ukraine, the mystery of the missing Malaysian airplane pushed Putin and the Crimea to the back burner.

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The second annual session of China's 12th NPC closed in Beijing Thursday morning.

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Editor's note: The author, Zhenyu Li, is a contributing columnist for some of the world's premier publications and editor-in-chief of the business channel at the People's Daily Online, a publication of China's Communist Party. The author is a registered journalist of the NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2014.

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NEW YORK—At 82 years old Rita Moreno may be, according to several men I know under the age of 30, the foxiest woman around.

Yes, she's 82, but she is truly a sexy, shining-light octogenarian, and I have witnessed these young men panting over her. I can't describe it any other way. She beams light and sensuality, which isn't to say she isn't a diva. She is exactly what a diva should be, which in my book means she commands respect, but does so respectfully.

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People stand on an armored vehicle in front of the Ukrainian parliament during a demonstration rally in Kiev on February 27, 2014.

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DALLAS, Pennsylvania—With their stance toward the revolution that toppled former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the Obama administration and its European allies have now placed the stability of Ukraine in serious doubt, and risk a Cold War on a global scale.

The protests against Yanukovych’s corrupt regime were impressive, and the loss of life in the fight to remove him should not be forgotten.

Yet, the idea that the protests were allowed to proceed as a geo-economic and a democratic question was problematic from the beginning. The protestors believe Ukraine is not a democratic country but, nevertheless, belongs in the European Union (EU).

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BOSTON — Growing up in the small coal-and-steel town of Newcastle, South Africa, Margaret Marshall doesn’t remember having any dreams for her future.

“It sounds strange, but I just didn’t,” she said.

The truth was the women in her life were not the kind of role models who inspired her to dream.

“So few white South African women had careers,” Marshall remembered, that she could not envision herself ever having one either.

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US Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, November 29, 2011, announcing the Obama Administration's progress in cracking down on intellectual property theft crimes.

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WASHINGTON DC—The emergence of the global economy has given rise to a persistent struggle to protect intellectual property against theft, leading over time to a framework for the protection of trademarks, copyrights and patents.

However, these laws and norms do little to safeguard company trade secrets, those increasingly valuable intellectual property assets that include market data, formulas, research, strategic plans and customer lists.

This category of proprietary information, often compiled through years of company experience and investment, provides a competitive edge, but only so long as it remains confidential.

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