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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As countries like Iraq and Syria face the sharp end of ethnic and political strife, the persecution of small but significant Christian communities by terrorist elements such as Islamic State has tragically followed. This deadly plague of religious persecution has spilled over into neighboring countries including Libya and Egypt.
As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, ambitions for regional economic integration are running high in Asia. Three major frameworks for economic integration are slated for completion this year.
A recent survey conducted by Ming Chuan University shows that an astounding 83.49 percent of respondents are satisfied with the performance of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), whose rise to one of the most prominent positions in Taiwan politics is nothing short of astonishing. This feat is made even more amazing given that Ko, now riding a wave of political success, isn't even a politician in the strictest sense of the word.
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North Korea this week downplayed South Korea's recent decision to join a China-led financial institution as a trade-off for the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system on its soil. Uriminzokkiri, the North's propaganda website, claimed the U.S. was strengthening its push to send a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence battery to the peninsula in return for letting the South become a founder member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Ukraine's beleaguered forces have faced problems all of their own making as they've failed to retake separatist territories during a year of conflict -- poor leadership, few supplies, bad coordination.
This week's all-star launch of U.S. rapper Jay Z's streaming music service may not have caused Spotify's management to lose sleep -- but analysts predict tough days ahead as tech giant Apple prepares to enter the fray.
The bull market slowed to a trot but didn't stop this winter.
A decade after his death, John Paul II is still revered in his native Poland with billboards, CDs and other collectibles underscoring his popularity, but experts say the church here is struggling without him.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
China scored a diplomatic coup by enticing almost 50 countries including key U.S. allies to join its new development bank, but analysts say authoritarian Beijing now faces a daunting task managing a multilateral institution for the first time, with members ranging from the Netherlands to Nepal.
its triumph over the United States in the launching of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China is pushing ahead on another initiative which President Xi Jinping also introduced in 2013: The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, twin projects which are breathtaking in scope and which could potentially affect more than half the world's population.
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