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State and faith: an unholy alliance?

BY ALEXANDER CASELLA On July 30, 1956, the US Congress unanimously adopted a law that provided that the words “In God we trust” would be from then onward the national motto of the United States and should appear on all US currency bills. Adopted at the height of the Cold …

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BRI challenges can be resolved for common benefit

BY HU WEIJIA A controversy has erupted over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the India-based Economic Times reported Monday, saying the Pakistani government had reportedly diverted large sums of Chinese investment meant for the CPEC to other projects. Practical investigation is needed before any conclusion is reached. The project may …

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Eco-safety barrier firmed up in Tibet

LHASA, March 28 (Xinhua) — Tibet Autonomous Region has made headway in the effort to build up the eco-safety barrier. Amid the campaign to step up ecological conservation and environmental protection in the past five years, Tibet invested 1.17 billion yuan (about 174 million U.S. dollars), rehabilitating 320,000 hectares of …

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Peach blossom festival opens in Tibet

LHASA, March 29 (Xinhua) — An annual peach blossom festival kicked off in the city of Nyingchi, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday, attracting visitors from home and abroad. Besides admiring the peach blossoms, a variety of activities including music and dance performances, folk costumes and ethnic custom exhibitions …

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Pakistan call for peace with India as it shows off its military might

BY C KIREN Pakistan wants peace with India and they should focus on health and education, the Pakistani president said on Saturday during a parade to show off its military might following a tense standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Conflict between the rivals erupted last month following a suicide bomb …

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Pratima Pandé conferred with Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite

By Our Reporter The French government has conferred the honorary distinction, ‘Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite,’ knight of the national order of Merit, on Pratima Pande, honorary consul of Italy to Nepal. French ambassador François-Xavier Leger conferred upon Pande the French honour on March 19 amidst a function. This …

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Five years of Crimea with Russia

“To understand why such a choice was made, it is enough to know the history of Crimea, to know what Russia meant and means for Crimea and Crimea for Russia” – Vladimir Putin March 18 is the Day of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in the Republic of …

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Young politicians ignore socialism’s grim history

By Tom Velk “What fools these mortals be!” It applies today as much as in Shakespeare’s Puck’s time. After a century and a quarter’s time, despite examples from Russia’s communist empire, to Germany’s awful experiment with National Socialism, Cambodia’s skull piles, China’s Red Guard, just as the utter failure of …

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Trees record glacier changes on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) — After using satellites and cameras, Chinese researchers have managed to use tree ages to accurately record glacier changes that happened centuries ago in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the world’s Third Pole. The plateau, with tens of thousands of glaciers, is at the headwaters of multiple rivers …

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