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It just happened, and almost no one has noticed that mainland China now accounts for 16.5 percent of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3 percent for the United States.
France's interior minister announced Monday that a French citizen named Maxime Hauchard participated in the “despicable crimes” shown on the video from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) made public over the weekend.
Backed by the allure of prosperity and upbeat market prospects, the trend toward liberalization is an indomitable force that no entity can resist. Following the death of Mao Zedong and the purging of the Gang of Four, Deng Xiaoping outmaneuvered political opponents to emerge victorious as the de facto leader of China.
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In a recently published short story, Tom Hanks dreamed up a world where space travel has become a hobbyist pursuit. The moon-orbiting spacecraft was built by a pool supply magnate-turned space entrepreneur and retrofitted with duct tape from Home Depot.
In the current war against the Islamic State (IS), several voices have been calling for a review of the mindset with which a fundamental resolution of terrorism will be achieved. Some articles, such as “The Reign of Terror” by Tomis Kapitan, published in the New York Times, have pointed out that even as the world presents a united front in condemning terrorism, the rhetoric of destroying a vile enemy may be hindering efforts at identifying causes — despite their non-justifiability — behind the frenzied hate.
Real wage levels in Taiwan have retracted to the level of 16 years ago, generating outcries of unfairness among the public. This issue is not specific to Taiwan, with western nations also grappling with the very same problem.
As the world braces for the Ebola outbreak, we must ask whether Taiwan is ready to combat the deadly virus. Premier Jiang Yi-huah said on Thursday that Ebola's potential threat to Taiwan has been giving him sleepless nights, mulling ways to stop the virus from spreading to the country.
A high-profile team of London lawyers met with the Greek government on Oct. 14 to help boost Greece's long but so far futile campaign to reclaim from Britain the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin marbles.
When the world is concerned about sending journalists into combat zones, it raises the dilemma of the need for more information versus the risks inherent in going into such areas. One part of the problem is the motivation to get the better, first-hand information that comes with being in the immediacy of the war and the suffering and destruction taking place.
Rome is not a city of high seismic risk but an occurrence many described as an “earthquake” shocked the city on Monday. In a groundbreaking interim report from a meeting of nearly 200 bishops, cardinals and priests, the Vatican suggested that the Roman Catholic Church should welcome same-sex couples and try to take divorced and remarried Catholics back into the fold.
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