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The present energy crisis in Nepal is a culmination of rolling blackouts, fuel import bills and a blockade by India since September.
A wedding invitation card arrives with glitter falling from it, leaving a trail of fairy dust everywhere it goes.
The outcome of the Paris climate talks or the COP21 (21st Conference of Parties) has made the political dividing lines fairly clear. The initial contentions over three main areas that marked the commencement of the talks continue to persist:
On the afternoon of Nov. 14, Cheong Wa Dae (The Blue House) and its surrounding areas were empty, quiet and serene, blockaded by police buses. The scene was in stark contrast to the violent clashes between protesters and riot police less than 2 kilometers away.
China responded with a knee-jerk reaction to the Obama administration's announcement of a US$1.83 billion arms sales package for Taiwan, summoning the charge d'affaires at the American embassy for a dressing down and calling the arms sale a "severe violation of international law" that "severely damages China's sovereignty and security interests."
The historic Paris agreement adopted at the United Nations climate change summit has been hailed by many as a landmark deal for climate change and a triumph for multilateralism. But some others have labeled it a total hogwash and "epic failure."
On the eve of India's independence in 1947, Winston Churchill, leader of Britain's Conservative opposition, said, "power will go into the hands of rascals, rogues and freebooters. Not a bottle of water or a loaf of bread will escape taxation. Only the air will be free, and the blood of these hungry millions will be on the head of Attlee. These are men of straw of whom no trace will be found after a year. They will fight among themselves and India will be lost in political squabble."
Saudi Arabia has formed an anti-terrorism coalition against Islamic State of 34 countries around the world, including Indonesia...
I expect one day in the future to be awakened in the middle of the night by the insistent ringing of my telephone. It'll be, say, about 3 o'clock in the morning. It will be very dark outside.
This Christmas season is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise; initially German forces rapidly gained ground.
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