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China's new urbanization blueprint has bold targets, reflecting the leaders' belief that the next six years is a make-or-break period in the country's push to get more people living as bona fide urbanites, say analysts.
In recent times, the state of the world economy has been a decisive factor affecting the fortunes of developing countries in general and least developed landlocked countries like Nepal in particular. The world economy has been witnessing a declining trend in growth, from 3.9 percent in 2011 to 3.1 percent in 2012 and 3 percent in 2013.
World attention the past week has focused on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. For Malaysians, it's been a tense and intense experience.
It may be natural that the continuing rise in the number of babies born out of wedlock in Korea has drawn attention from many demographers who are concerned about the country's low birthrate.
Another big hot potato has landed on the lap of Thailand's leaders and they are scratching their heads over what to do.
The disappearance of Flight MH370 is one of the most sophisticated, well-planned and well-orchestrated hostile takeovers of a plane since the 9/11 attacks in the United States 13 years ago, aviation and security experts said.
Last Sunday, Chinese Coast Guard ships drove away two civilian fishing boats contracted by the Philippine Navy to resupply the Philippine military outpost in Ayungin Shoal. This was the first time China stopped a routine supply mission in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), proving that China has now reached a higher, even more irresponsible, level of assertiveness in pressing its territorial claims.
Why did the plane or pilot not send out any distress signal? In a crisis, the drill for pilots is to fly, navigate, communicate — in that order.
Malaysia needs better enforcement of immigration and customs rules and stringent checks against corrupt practices at all entry and exit points.
Three years ago on March 11, 2011, an earthquake and massive tsunami crippled Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The closest towns to the stricken plant remain deserted for fear of further radiation leaks.
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