Saturday, April 18, 2015
It's been 40 years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long decades since the stunning imagery of North Vietnamese tanks smashing through the gates of Saigon's Doc Lap Independence Palace seizing the South Vietnamese capital, ending the decades-long war, and bringing forcible reunification by the communists to the divided nation.
The man who could be Argentina's next president wants to put an end to tight government currency controls, make peace with the nation's creditors and improve severely frayed ties to the United States. In short, Mauricio Macri is promising to undo much of what President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband Nestor Kirchner created over the past 13 years.
Mass killings? Mutual bloodletting? Genocide? The hundreds of thousands of dead have been silent for a century, but generations on, Armenians are still battling to get the World War I slaying of their ancestors recognized as a genocide.
It seems that radical unions will ignore public calls for restraint and go ahead with a general strike next week, which, in all regards, is not only illegal but also self-serving.
Pets are now treated as family members in Taiwan as changing demographic trends, such as aging issues, lower birth rates and delayed marriage take effect.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Possible skeletons in Iran's closet -- the subject of talks in Tehran on Wednesday -- could yet spook the historic Iran nuclear deal, experts say.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's plans to carry out reforms and grow the economy have suffered a setback because of internecine party strife. The rift between him and his Indonesian Democratic Party -- Struggle (PDI-P) is excruciating to watch. While a leadership struggle within opposition Golkar puts into question its joining his ruling coalition.
Following last year's deadly Sewol disaster, the South Korean government has worked to enhance safety measures. However, despite its efforts, recurring accidents have people questioning how much has changed since the tragedy.
The South Korean government has lifted the departure ban on a former chief of The Sankei Shimbun's Seoul Bureau, eight months after barring him from leaving the country.
After 25 years of tranquil post Cold War relations, Finns are once again worried about the threat posed by their resurgent eastern neighbor Russia, though they remain firmly opposed to joining NATO.