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Most of us can clearly recall where we were on Dec 26, 2004, when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the northern coast of Sumatra triggered a deadly tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, killing over 226,000 people and causing massive destruction along coastal areas of 14 countries.
The investigation into the “nut rage” case surrounding Heather Cho, a former senior executive of Korean Air, is entering its final stretch, as prosecutors have asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for her and two more people.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration must take advantage of the ruling parties' impressive victory in the recent House of Representatives election to make headway in addressing various policy issues. Such a move is essential for achieving tangible results in this respect.
Bad news for the advocates of spasmodic growth, an economy doesn't work like an inflated balloon. Pumping air stretches the balloon uniformly, but that's not exactly how prosperity gets distributed across the population in a country.
What is the probability of a major earthquake striking each part of the nation?
It is good news for the Korean economy, which has been struggling with sluggish domestic consumption, that the country's tourism revenue has been sharply increasing.
Watching BBC after the Peshawar carnage on Dec. 16 would have made any human being sick and angry. The Frankenstein that U.S. and Pakistan's ISI jointly created at the height of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban (madrassa students), massacred 145 people in an Army School in Peshawar, of which 132 were students aged between 7 and 15.
Beneath the rare show of unity over the Peshawar school tragedy the divide is more than apparent. While seemingly united in grief over the ghastly massacre, there is still no clear national narrative about how to deal with those responsible for this heinous crime. It is not just the matter of six killers who slaughtered innocent children, but also the apologists for militant groups that continue to operate with impunity.
Last Monday, 13 years after the construction first began, a steel truss bridge connecting Toksel in Okhaldhunga district to Lekhani in Udayapur finally came into operation.
About two and a half months after they began, the street sit-ins conducted by students and activists to call for greater democracy in the election of Hong Kong's chief executive have ended. Sooner or later, however, these demands for democracy will inevitably catch fire again.
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