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Archive for November 2015

The Martian

November 25, 2015 - MOVIES

The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara is released. NASA astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is left stranded on the Red Planet when the crew of the Ares 3 mission is forced to evacuate their landing site. He must survive until an Ares 4 mission returns to Mars four years later.

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Tennis aspirations

November 23, 2015 - INDIA

November 23, Mumbai: India hopes quality singles players will emerge at the Champions Tennis League, promoted by former Davis Cup player Vijay Amritraj. The country has a strong track record in doubles but no singles talent.

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Major gas producers hold third biennial summit

November 23, 2015 - IRAN

The price, supply and demand figures for natural gas will top the list of concerns for the third biennial summit, in Tehran, of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), and a Jun 2015 report by the International Energy Agency will not be welcome news.

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20th anniversary of Dayton Accords spotlights missed goals

November 21, 2015 - BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

The presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia reached a peace agreement in Dayton, Ohio, on Nov 21, 1995, that replaced ethnic cleansing and war with a dysfunctional peace. On the 20th anniversary, the sponsoring countries and international bodies such as NATO can celebrate that the peace has mainly held while blaming the shape of the deal for the dysfunction. The accords were signed formally in Paris on Dec 14, 1995.

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Spy for Israel released after 30 years behind bars

November 20, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel, was granted parole in July and will be released from federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest. Israel has long fought for his freedom.

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Pacific Rim economies pursue rival free trade pacts

November 18, 2015 - PHILIPPINES

China’s success at moving the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) forward at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila and the political maneuvering on the sidelines will provide the main interest at the gathering.

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