The Gurkha are an ethnic group of Nepal who claim descent from the Rajputs and Brahmins of North India. Predominantly Tibeto-Mongolians, they speak Khas, a Rajasthani dialect of Sanskritic origin. They entered Nepal from the west after being driven from India and, in the early 16th century, conquered the small state of Gurkha. They expanded eastward and established their authority over all of Nepal by the mid 18th century. What is the name of their famed curved knife?
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The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom. Although the treaty was signed in December, fighting did not end for several weeks, because it took time for news of the treaty to reach North America. The treaty was officially proclaimed on February 18. In signing the treaty, the Americans agreed to stop trying to expand their territory north into what is today known as Canada. Who were the treaty's signatories?
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Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus, whose members are referred to as Jesuits. This religious order was created in 1534 to combat the growing power of the Protestant Reformation and answered directly to the Pope. The Jesuits are known for their discipline, missionary work, and commitment to education. Ignatius was canonized to receive the title of Saint in 1622. The spirituality identified with St. Ignatius is characterized by emphasis on what?