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Barbarism and the law collide in war. The law is vital for mitigating the most brutal aspects of collective killing.
Is it really about the economy? What does Prime Minister Shinzo Abe really hope to achieve by calling a snap general election that is expected to give him another four years in power until December 2018?
Set to the backdrop of regional wars and simmering ethnic conflicts, the U.N. relief agencies made an unprecedented appeal for wider funding to address the current chaos in a score of countries. Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s emergency aid chief, stated candidly that the number of people affected by conflict “has reached record levels” for the post-WWII era.
The end seems nigh. The original Occupy Central founders have surrendered. The main protest site at Admiralty is being cleared.
A senior Seoul official recently said South Korea was willing to provide North Korea with incentives if necessary to resume the reunions of separated families. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not elaborate on what the South could offer, saying all pending inter-Korean issues could be discussed in a comprehensive way.
Recently on there was a story about Russian news website The City Reporter, which decided to publish only “good news” for one day. Thus, on Dec. 1 the website carried only positive headlines such as “No disruption on the roads despite snow.”
Thirty years ago this month, Britain and China signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong, under which London agreed to restore Hong Kong to China in 1997 and Beijing spelled out its policy of “one country
Less than two months into his term, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has shown he dares to make a difference, especially in comparison with his predecessor.
Students of RMB internationalization tend to forget that the globalization of Chinese currency happened much earlier with copper coins, which were first standardized and minted in the Qin Dynasty (260 to 210 B.C.). My old Chinese art historian teacher used to tell me that Chinese coins and ceramic shards were the first durable global debris, easily found around the rubble sites from Sri Lankan temples to Egyptian pyramids.
Several Bangladeshi-British youths have recently been indicted in Britain for their alleged links with the Islamic State (IS or ISIS). Twenty-year-old Mahdi Hassan — whose parents had migrated from Bangladesh — was one of the six former students of a private British school to have joined ISIS, and the fourth one to be killed recently while fighting at Kobane, Syria.
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