Canada has yet again been given a reality jolt. Twice within three days, “lone wolf” terrorists have killed Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil; one outside Montreal and another at the symbolic National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Ottawa incident also saw the apparent lone gunmen rush into the Houses of Parliament, wildly firing shots in an attempt kill legislators. Fortunately he failed.
The fourth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which opened on Monday, comes with a theme of the rule of law.
President Ma Ying-jeou on Oct. 21 announced further measures to prevent Ebola from entering Taiwan. He is not alone in this, as people and governments around the world are taking precautions to stop the disease from spreading amid media-fueled panic. Some of these measures are more effective than others.
At a casual glance, the recent string of events on the Korean Peninsula is puzzling. However, if we heed the notion that there is a method to North Korea's madness, the events of the last few weeks pertaining to Pyongyang and Seoul are no longer an enigma.
China's relationship with Russia has strengthened in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, despite Moscow's clear violation of the Chinese principle of noninterference in other countries' internal affairs.
Muslim women in the West do not disown Islam. Like other Muslims, they too love it. They also are not afraid of the anti-Muslim sentiments that emerged after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In yet another tragic reminder of South Korea's apparent lack of safety awareness, 16 people fell to their deaths at an outdoor concert in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province, Friday night.
Japan's Imperial Household Agency has published an official biography of the Emperor Showa (昭和天皇實錄), though he is better known the world over as just Hirohito (裕仁), his given name. Showa is his reign title.
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The Bank of Korea's decision to cut the key interest rate for the second time in two months does not assure that it will help the South Korean economy overcome all the challenges it faces. But overall, it took a step in the right direction, given the downside risks currently surrounding the economy.
Commentators in the media are expressing generally positive views on the cautious first steps that nearly 200 Catholic bishops, priests and lay persons have taken in recent days at what is shaping up to be a groundbreaking meeting in Rome, called a synod. The steps involve lengthy discussions, followed by straight from the shoulder feedback from participants representing a wide gamut of personal, theological, and social views on the concept of family.