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Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane on Tuesday for allegedly violating its airspace. Although everyone is still wondering what threat this plane represented when it flew over Turkey for about 15 seconds, or a distance of less than 3 kilometers.....
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Within a week of the terrorist attacks on Paris and bombings in Beirut, a hotel siege was carried out in Mali on Friday, leading to at least 21 killed as of press time. What is also alarming is how media reports show that similar threats were made to Malaysia during its hosting of the ASEAN summit, implying that the threat from terrorism will likely enter another stage in Southeast Asia.
Tens of thousands of defiant soccer fans joined Prince William, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and David Cameron on Tuesday evening for a rousing rendition of "La Marseillaise" at Wembley Stadium under the French motto, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité," meaning "freedom, equality, fraternity" in English.
The series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 did not come as a surprise. Since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January, the French government has been warning about more attacks. Speaking after the foiled attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August, French President Francois Hollande told his nation to prepare for further strikes.
Do you remember that scene in "Back to the Future Part II," when Marty McFly travels to Oct. 21, 2015 to save his children who have yet to be born in the first "Back to the Future" time period of 1985?
Two-hundred and twenty-two years after Lord Macartney, Great Britain's first envoy to the Qing Empire, refused to kowtow in front of the Qianlong Emperor, China seems to finally be getting the courtesy it wishes from the British government.
A Sept. 25 story by Politico titled "Iran Deal: The Inside Account" revealed the path culminating in the reaching of this year's nuclear agreement between Iran and the U.S. Despite being blasted by hard-liners in both countries as having sacrificed too much, the pact has cleared a final legislative hurdle in the U.S. and is set to be officially inaugurated in October.
Some say that a fault confessed is half redressed, meaning that when you know that you have done something wrong, you should be ready to admit it and be prepared to correct it. That is perhaps the strategy VW chief Martin Winterkorn adopted in his recent video posted on the Volkswagen website during which he apologized for the international uproar caused by the emissions-cheating scandal, yet refused to resign.
In July, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others presented an open letter at the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence warning against the use of A.I. for military purposes. To most of us, the dire future they were painting -- "feasible within years, not decades," as they cautioned in the letter -- is similar to the one depicted in the "Terminator" sci-fi movie series that featured autonomous killing machines.
In politics progress can often seem to be slow, mind-bogglingly convoluted, unclear and unsexy. Decisions are made through bloodless calculations, bureaucratic twists and turns and flip-flopping. Results come with compromises, half measures, secret deals and sometimes blatant lies.
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