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Monday, August 10, 2015
American's opposition Republicans are steeling themselves for a long period of uncertainty following a raucous first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign and more caustic comments from early frontrunner Donald Trump.
"Frenemy" is a portmanteau of "friend" and "enemy" that can refer to either an enemy pretending to be a friend or someone who really is a friend but also a rival. The term is used to describe personal, geopolitical, and commercial relationships both among individuals and groups or institutions.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Donald Trump took center stage at the first major Republican presidential debate Thursday, but a strong showing from less brash candidates revealed a strong field and a fiercely competitive race ahead.
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"The country that invented drama and democracy is not disappointing," is how Bloomberg News described unfolding political and economic developments in Greece. The phrase was used in a news analysis several years ago, but remains apt to the now long-term European melodrama featuring the Greeks center stage.
The 100 or so refugees set off early evening, hoping that the short walk across Serbia's border into Hungary will be the last leg of their treacherous journey into the EU.
It is a small part of the plane but confirmation that a 2-meter-long flaperon, which surfaced last week, belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is a significant development, said experts.
Woefully, a self-defeating message was sent to China when the recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting proved yet again how divisive the South China Sea issue is among members. That was evident from the eleventh-hour effort to produce a joint statement.
I saw a photo in a Thai-language newspaper with the caption "England builds a higher and heavier fence to fend off refugees." Another news report explained that, in the wake of the Calais migrant crisis, the UK has sent money and materials to France so it can bolster the fencing at the entrance to the Eurotunnel.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
The usual photos we see of Hiroshima are aerial, often shots before and after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city on Aug 6, 1945. The "after" shots show a flat and bleak landscape, the city almost totally destroyed.
As the high-speed TGV train from Paris slowed down coming into St. Nazaire passing the sprawling shipyard alongside, a little boy in the seat in front of us became animated and exclaimed, "Look, Mama, there are the big warships!" The child was pointing to the two massive gray-hulled Mistral helicopter carriers which had been built in France for the Russian Navy, but because of the ongoing Ukraine crisis, were still marooned in political limbo and at dockside.
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