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The decision by President Vladimir Putin of Russia to intervene directly in the brutal combat in Syria greatly increases the dangers as well as stakes involved in the fighting. Make no mistake -- the presence of Russian warplanes in proximity to those of the U.S. increases the possibility of inadvertent combat, which could escalate rapidly.
Elections and selections among candidates to the U.N. Human Rights Council have again highlighted a glaring flaw in a system where politically authoritarian regimes such as Ecuador, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela won seats, and with it, an unjustified political legitimacy.
Civil wars and internal armed conflicts rage on in many countries across the globe, and as ever it is innocent bystanders who bear the brunt of the violence. Each day sees more ordinary men, women and children fall victim, killed, maimed or fleeing their homeland to escape the fighting.
Death is everywhere -- in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza. Every day young Palestinian men, allegedly caught hurling stones at the other side, are being shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Is the haze from Indonesia's forest fires hazardous to health?
It must have been a bittersweet moment for Xi Jinping, the head of the world's biggest Communist Party, to be riding in a gilded carriage seated next to Queen Elizabeth II on their way to Buckingham Palace.
For centuries, relations between Britain and China have been undulating, rising rather more than declining.
Taiwan's "Retrocession Day" was not marked yesterday. It was proclaimed as a national holiday in 1946 by Gen. Chen Yi, administrator-general of Taiwan, who accepted the instrument of surrender from Rikichi Gen. Ando, governor-general of Taiwan and commander of Japan's Tenth Area Army, as representative of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek on Oct. 25 of the year before.
It has been 11 years since that unforgettable day but the ghost of the Tak Bai massacre continues to haunt Thailand. And so it should.
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