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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, U.S. gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.
Years of campaigning for a seat at the world's “top table” come to a head this week when elections are held to the U.N. Security Council, which decides on such weighty matters as sanctions, war and peace.
A breach of infection control resulting in a Dallas health worker getting Ebola raises fresh questions about whether hospitals truly can safely take care of people with the deadly virus, as health officials insist is possible.
This is a choice China faces as it shifts its electricity generation from coal-fired plants to hydroelectric dams. According to recent data, dams are partly responsible for the rise in earthquakes in western China, including — quite possibly — a 6.6 temblor that hit Yunnan Province last week.
Monday, October 13, 2014
I've lost a friend. Dr. Hung Ching-chang (洪慶章) left the world last Wednesday. He was 83.
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That the iPhone 6 is allegedly bendable is not a surprise. When a production line is working as fast as those of Apple and all its rivals, some unfavorable traits or flaws are bound to emerge. What is truly amazing is the manner in which cellular users are embracing everything thrown at them. Big screens. Small screens. Earphone plug on the side. Earphone plug at the top. Earphone plug at the bottom. A little bit more computing speed every three months. And on and on it goes.
The indictment of a Japanese reporter Wednesday on a criminal defamation charge over a story on South Korean President Park Geun-hye's whereabouts on April 16, the day of the Sewol ferry disaster, has become an international embarrassment for South Korea.
Gulf monarchies taking part in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria could deploy special forces on the ground but only if certain conditions are met, analysts say.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Responding in part to space I recently offered to two common English words (“We must distinguish between studying and learning English” 9-28-14) a friend wants me to say more here on language related issues. Her wish reached me after last week's attention to the term “decency” appeared, albeit in a social, not to say political context (“On decency and the HK protests” 10-5-14).
'Small but meaningful step,' is how a senior official of South Korea's Unification Ministry described the surprise visit Oct. 4 of top North Korean officials. Hwang Pyong So, close adviser to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, headed the delegation, which crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which divides the two Koreas.
  
  
  
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