Friday, November 27, 2015
He has come within minutes of his death before. Once, the rain delayed the execution. He waited for hours under a tin roof for the rain to stop. Eventually, the authorities postponed the execution as the rain lingered on.
The way out of the present imbroglio starts from the realization that Nepal's social formation and geopolitics present enormous complexities even for the most learned of scholars.
Europe is facing the specter of attacks by Islamic State (IS) jihadists with police numbers in some countries hit by austerity cuts, raising questions about whether this is making it easier for assailants to slip through the net.
Mainland China might be enjoying a quiet chuckle. A year after the spirited pro-democracy upheaval in Hong Kong, the country remains fractured on the core issue of Beijing's influence.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate -- also called ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- has claimed responsibility for the multiple terror strikes across Paris on Nov. 13, in which 130 civilians were killed and over 300 seriously injured.
Friendships are hard to come by. They are precious and therefore should be meticulously protected and safeguarded with caution at every turn and with compromises if necessary. Especially if this precious gift is the result of long-term efforts between two countries as then it is even more valuable.
Tackling climate change and countering violent extremism will top the agenda at the Commonwealth summit in Malta this week, attended by Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Hollande.
"Copenhagen." The mere mention of the Danish capital's name can send a chill down the spine of even the toughest climate negotiator.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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.
Bashar Assad's presidency looks likely to outlast Barack Obama's. As the United States has turned its attention to defeating the Islamic State group, it has softened its stance on the Syrian leader. More than four years ago, Obama demanded that Assad leave power. Administration officials later said Assad did not have to step down on "Day One" of a political transition. Now, they are going further.