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Friday, February 12, 2016
When Chinese Singaporeans and their families gather for reunion dinners on Chinese New Year's Eve, many do the traditional "prosperity toss" of yusheng -- seafood, sliced vegetables and citrus peel, with condiments. They lick their lips at the goodies to come, such as pineapple tarts and bak kwa.
Taiwan: A paradise found in an ocean, says Georgian medic
"...finished the village parish school, then continued his education at Nersisian Seminary..." (Nersisian seminary was an Armenian higher education institution in the city of Tiflis, now Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, from 1824 to 1924; many Armenian writers had studied at that school), and I imagined the way to Tiflis, with the sack on his shoulder and in moccasins ... I think the intersection of tiredness and absurd thoughts is becoming inevitable, especially when you are the only foreigner on the bus; of course, if Japanese William, who shows you the necessary stop, is left out of account...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
North Korea's provocative launch of a rocket on Sunday, triggering off another emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, came barely a month after Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test. The rocket launch added urgency to the Security Council's latest efforts to put in place additional economic sanctions after the January nuclear test.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Like millions of women in India, Mousumi Kayal and Tumpa Kayal too were perhaps born to get married, produce children and spend the whole of their lives in the kitchen.
"Hitting a bullet with a bullet" aptly describes the challenge of destroying incoming missiles, but effective defenses do exist. North Korea threats have led the Obama administration to discuss deployment in South Korea of the Lockheed Martin THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) anti-missile system.
Business persons, diplomats and government officials in Taiwan need to be aware of the latest United States law that is detrimental to expatriate United States citizens who live in Taiwan, including dual citizens.
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It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.
Friday, February 5, 2016
The timing couldn't have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy's visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea's chief ally.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and last State of the Union address on Jan. 12. It was essentially a victory lap. He has earned it.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed all set to regain control of Germany's polarizing debate over refugees.
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