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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
"The attackers were like us -- they were very young," said one of the eyewitnesses after the attack on Bacha Khan University. Reportedly between 18 and 25 years old, the students and attackers both belonged to the same age group.
The attack on the air force base in Pathankot, India, came at a critical juncture in the relationship between India and Pakistan.
The abrupt change of temperature has caused a stir among Bangkokians. Sweaters usually preserved for trips to the north are now being pulled out of closets as the mercury drops below 20 degrees Celsius.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Jan. 16 was a momentous day for Iran. On that day, the (IAEA) reported to the U.N. Security Council that Iran had completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The year 2015 was not kind to the world's second-largest economy. Growth slumped to a 25-year low.
As Iran's re-entry into the global economy continues to roil the jittery markets and send shock waves across the world's stock exchanges, we can see why the nuclear deal signed last July was so vehemently opposed by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. Riyadh also fears that the transfer of around US$100 billion in blocked assets to Tehran will embolden it to pursue a more aggressive policy in the region.
As my condolences go out to the family of the late famous actor Tridsadee "Por" Sahawong, who died at the age of just 35 of a mosquito-borne disease, I believe that Thai society should learn many lessons from his case.
Monday, January 25, 2016
A 19-year-old girl in Tainan was on her way to school in 1942. What the Japanese called the Greater East Asia War was going on, though it was peaceful in Tainan where she wanted to attend a girls' middle school in their colonial Taiwan.
Within hours of ascending to the Saudi throne, King Salman announced sweeping changes that would recast the kingdom's line of succession, and rework its security and economic decision-making processes. It marked the start of what would be a tumultuous year for King Salman, who completes one year as monarch on Saturday.
According to a recent report "An economy for the 1%" released by Oxfam, "wealth inequality has grown to the stage where 62 of the world's richest people own as much as the poorest half of humanity combined."
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