Sunday, September 21, 2014
The people of Scotland have spoken, and they have said No to their independence. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has stepped down as a result, while British Prime Minister David Cameron is credited as the man who saved the Union. The victory of the No camp should not come as a surprise after the huge amount of pressure that was brought to bear on the Yes campaign, with dignitaries high and low coming with promises, threats and dire warnings about an independent Scotland.
Korea's rice market will open fully to foreign imports starting next year, ending 20 years of rice import caps.
U.S. President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the U.N. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. 24, there' s a cloud of political and social unease greeting delegations from the 193 member states; issues ranging from regional wars, to humanitarian crises, nuclear proliferation, the spread of infections disease, and the scimitar of ISIS terrorism.
Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy.
Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule — though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy.
The last time Malaysia was elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), it received an overwhelming 174 votes out of 176 cast. That was 16 years ago.
Friday, September 19, 2014
In recent months, Chinese consumers have seen U.S. companies in mainland China come under government criticism, if not outright attack, for food safety, price fixing and other unsavory practices. The not-so subtle message to China's citizens could well be: don't go thinking foreign brands, products or behaviors are better than those of China.
From the closure of a newspaper to arrests and harassment of journalists, rights groups and the media say Liberia's fight against Ebola is being accompanied by an alarming assault on press freedom.
With voters souring on his statesmanship as never before, U.S. President Barack Obama has a sudden chance to use two sudden world crises to recast his final two years in office.