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The U.S. and 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim reached a basic agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Oct. 5.
Could the latest United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registration be misunderstood as a stamp of approval given by an international organization to mainland China's one-sided claim concerning historical perception? This is a serious situation.
Among 47 new inscriptions, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added documents of the Nanjing Massacre to the Memory of the World Register on Friday. International recognition of the documentary heritage that testifying to the atrocities committed in the city is an important part of international efforts to preserve the collective memory of mankind and promote peace and justice.
Mayor Eric Chu of New Taipei City made an unforgivable mistake right after the party had been routed in Taiwan's first nationwide local elections. As the only Kuomintang (KMT) mayor of Taiwan's six special municipalities, he is the hope of the party defeated in last year's nine-in-one elections for remaining in power after increasingly unpopular President Ma Ying-jeou steps down in May next year. When he declared his candidacy for KMT chairman, Chu promised not to run for president in 2016.
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Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On Sept. 28, the extremist Islamic movement overran the major city of Kunduz. Afghan government forces were quick to counterattack. Reliable sources report the Afghan military retook the city center Oct. 5, but fighting continues. The inadvertent U.S. attack on a hospital adds further complication.
Without a doubt, certain choices we make about the words we use really do make a difference. Language is important. Language matters.
Amid relentless diplomatic efforts, many seem unaware that the South China Sea dispute has entered a new phase as the Philippines, one of the claimants of the maritime territory, is seeking a legal settlement of mainland China's territorial claims at the Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Tobacco in cigarettes leaves an odor that originates from smoke particles so minuscule that they easily saturate living spaces and persist long after their source has gone.
The almost biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and Iraqis flooding into what they see as a Promised Land, the European Union. Thus as civil conflicts rage between secular regimes and Islamic radicals, destroying ancient lands with contemporary barbarism, the human "collateral damage" is measured in both the dead and the displaced.
The consequences of the murders of two foreign nationals in Bangladesh are surfacing in different forms. A common thread of concern weaves through the manifestations. Though unpleasant, they are not surprising.
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