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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Bashar Assad's presidency looks likely to outlast Barack Obama's. As the United States has turned its attention to defeating the Islamic State group, it has softened its stance on the Syrian leader. More than four years ago, Obama demanded that Assad leave power. Administration officials later said Assad did not have to step down on "Day One" of a political transition. Now, they are going further.
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.
Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri on Monday prepared to confront myriad problems in Latin America's third largest economy, including soaring prices and high government spending that are a legacy of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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."
The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and beyond.
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.
Monday, November 23, 2015
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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There is a debate about environmental concerns surrounding Lahore's Orange Line project, especially since there is a view that the line will pass perilously close to monuments such as Chauburji and the Shalamar Gardens, obscuring or even damaging them.
Marcelo Cervigni watches a huge tractor planting soybeans on his farm while flipping through smartphone photos of neighboring canola fields pummeled by a hail storm the night before.
Let us face a harsh reality: the militant Islamic State group in all its hideousness has made the world forget Syria's human tragedy, for such is the callousness of the global community that the number of Syrian dead has become a statistic -- it does not matter whether it is a quarter million or 300,000.
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