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In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea's human rights abuses, a U.N. committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on "The Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea." In a vote of 112 in favor, and 19 against, with 50 abstentions, the Third Committee (political) passed a resolution that once again keeps international pressure on Pyongyang in the midst of an impending visit to the reclusive country by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
He has come within minutes of his death before. Once, the rain delayed the execution. He waited for hours under a tin roof for the rain to stop. Eventually, the authorities postponed the execution as the rain lingered on.
The way out of the present imbroglio starts from the realization that Nepal's social formation and geopolitics present enormous complexities even for the most learned of scholars.
Mainland China might be enjoying a quiet chuckle. A year after the spirited pro-democracy upheaval in Hong Kong, the country remains fractured on the core issue of Beijing's influence.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate -- also called ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- has claimed responsibility for the multiple terror strikes across Paris on Nov. 13, in which 130 civilians were killed and over 300 seriously injured.
Barack Obama, who has dubbed himself "America's first Pacific President," made his sixth trip to the region last week to attend meetings in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.
Leaders ASEAN meeting in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, restated their intention to build a genuine sense of community in the region, but there is general acknowledgement that their major challenge is to resolve the dispute over territorial rights in the South China Sea.
On Nov. 13, Paris witnessed the worst terror attack in France's history -- some 132 people were killed and more than 350 injured. In his televised intervention, President Hollande said, "Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented level are underway across the Paris region. It's a horror."
When French President Francois Hollande issued a declaration of war against the self-styled militant Islamic State group in the aftermath of the recent bloody attacks in Paris, he perhaps forgot that France has been at war with these terrorists for over a year. Ever since France joined the U.S.-led coalition last year, the French air force has been regularly bombing targets in Syria.
The Crusades were a series of military missions, organized and promoted by popes, which began in 1095 and took place through the 11th and 13th centuries. Historians regard a few such missions until the 15th century as Crusades, though. The original intent of the Crusades was to recapture "Christian" lands that had been invaded by Muslims.
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