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Barack Obama, who has dubbed himself "America's first Pacific President," made his sixth trip to the region last week to attend meetings in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Terrorism on a grand scale in France, cries for fear instead of trust in immigration policies in the United States, and breakthroughs in ties with Beijing have dominated our recent headlines. Local events that have also drawn attention include announcements of candidates for the vice-presidency of the R.O.C., new plans for Taipei Songshan Airport, and the fortunes of our Chinese Taipei baseball team.
Bloody terrorist attacks in Paris dominated the discussions of top representatives of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations held Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, Turkey. Related to providing effective security, the gathering devoted focused attention to helping the massive flow of refugees from the Middle East, stemming primarily from the Syria civil war.
The series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday killed 129 people, and some of those wounded remain in critical conditions. While terrorist attacks are now a regular phenomenon around the world, it still raises indignation every time another bomb goes off killing more people.
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