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As of September of this year, the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund finally reached its target of US$30 million. In the aftermath of what was one of the worst industrial disasters in human history, it took more than two years for the fund to reach its target of US$30 million which was actually reduced from the original goal of US$40 million due to lackluster response from brands and retailers.
Last Friday's not-guilty verdict for the heads of Ting Hsin Group in the tainted oil scandal generated high levels of public outrage. Feeling betrayed by the corporate conglomerate system that overrides public trust, that writes its own rules and verifies its own dubious practices, Friday was seemingly the last straw as some believed that the conglomerate had bought the law.
This December's climate change summit in Paris could at last see an ambitious, legally binding deal. For the first time, this would encompass the bulk of global greenhouse gas emissions, since the biggest emitters -- including the U.S., China, and India -- are now closely engaged in the negotiation process.
A big question people have been asking since mainland China's leaders propounded the concept of Chinese Dream in 2012 is: What is the symbol of the mainland rejuvenation? Now we can say that the revival of the Silk Road is that symbol, not only for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, but also the rejuvenation of European, Asian and African nations, because it integrates the Chinese Dream with the dream of the world.
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.
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."
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