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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.
Much passion has welled up to the surface as the protests for general elections without pre-screening by Beijing have come as a tidal wave over the southern Chinese city.
The embattled leader of the Hong Kong government has promised to hold talks with pro-democracy activists on election reform, defusing tensions and confrontations that could otherwise have led to a bloody crackdown on the weeklong demonstrations.
Less than a week after tens of thousands of protesters occupied some of Hong Kong's busiest streets, the rally for an open election of Hong Kong's leader in 2017 has already earned itself a nickname and given birth to some catchphrases.
Pro-democracy supporters maintained a strong presence in Hong Kong yesterday, the day China's national leaders marked the country's 65th National Day with great fanfare. The celebrations started with a flag-raising ceremony commemorating the founding of the People's Republic of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the early hours of the morning.
Eighty-three years ago on Sep.18, a Japanese Kwangtung Army lieutenant placed dynamite at a small section of Liutiaohu on the South Manchurian Railroad, which was owned and operated by the Japanese, to create a conflagration for which the Chinese would be blamed, thus creating an excuse to attack a Manchurian Army garrison in nearby Beidaying. The purpose of the plot was the conquest of Manchuria.
Yesterday's announcement of the framework of reforms for the “direct election” of Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017 disappointed a large portion of Hong Kongers. For many, it was another severe blow to the prospects for democracy to flourish in the city.
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