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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Never has there been so much public anger and outrage over a traffic accident and the reasons are obvious.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Last week, on the eve of the annual ASEAN summit meeting, Beijing warned the 10-nation grouping to "refrain from entangling itself" in rows with China, which risked "win-win cooperation" with the emerging superpower.
When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.
Nepal's health sector has been badly hit by the great earthquake, and it will be months before many of the health facilities are up and running.
Law student Mikhail Kosyrev used to have a negative view of Stalin but his attitude has drastically changed in recent years, he said, insisting the wartime tyrant meant well.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Solutions will be hard to find Tuesday when Gulf monarchs hold their annual summit in a region threatened by jihadists and a war in Yemen that has raised tensions with Iran.
The singular focus of the many who have raced to Nepal in its hour of great need ought to spur others to lend a hand too. Although there's doubt if more survivors can be found nine days after the quake, there is also much to be done for the injured, the tens of thousands with nothing but makeshift shelters, and the three million depending on food aid. Such is the scale of the hardship that the United Nations is appealing for US$415 million (NT$12.73 million) from the international community. Contributions are far short of the target -- for example, its giant neighbor, China, has offered US$9.8 million so far.
Scottish nationalists are on course to make historic gains in Thursday's general election and win unprecedented influence in Westminster, ironically energized by their defeat in last year's independence referendum.
Coordination among various agencies in times of natural disaster is always a difficult task. In the aftermath of the Great Earthquake, this problem has been even more apparent given its magnitude. Many individuals and organizations, based on information obtained from the media, are collecting relief materials and rushing to nearby districts to provide help.
Unlike the first Fight of the Century, the 1971 match between undefeated heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, the Fight of the Century held at the MGM Grand Sunday will not qualify as a battle for the ages. It did not, in a word, live up to the hype. There is a lesson in that -- but perhaps not what many disappointed fans might think.
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