Sunday, August 30, 2015
The overnight rally planned by electoral reforms activist group Bersih to begin this afternoon in Kuala Lumpur will undoubtedly see tens of thousands descending on the streets of the capital, in what has become a protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In the early 2000s, Korean tourists to Turkey saw a foreign exchange rate of 1 million won to about 1.3 billion lira.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
The reverberations of mainland China's economic jolt are being felt worldwide from New York, to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. It's the fear of a slowdown in the once supercharged Chinese economy, which has sent China's Shanghai Index market into a tailspin down over 20 percent in two weeks. The economic knock-on effect has been sobering since China, as the world's second-largest economy, has been a driver of global growth and commerce.
With mass shootings seemingly on a daily basis, it appears no place in the United States is safe from carnage: not churches, not schools, not even the morning newscast.
On Aug. 11, the People's Bank of China set the trading range of the yuan about 1.9 percent lower against the U.S. dollar, allowing the currency to float at a more market-driven level against the greenback. In the week ended Aug. 15, the yuan depreciated by nearly 4 percent.
The Islamic State group had ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, U.S. drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism mean the extremists have so far failed to repeat their Middle Eastern breakthrough.
Friday, August 28, 2015
"The United States is behind the increase in divorce rates in Pakistan."
Thailand is bidding to become a plastic-bag-free nation. As part of an agreement between traders and the government, on the 15th of each month, shoppers will not be given any plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores or large malls. The aim to encourage them to bring their own reusable bags.
The Straits Times reported last week that Singapore Airlines (SIA) may shut its flying school, the Singapore Flying College in Seletar, as part of an overall review of its pilot training program.
Of the many adjectives used to describe the singular nature of North and South Korean relations, "normal" is one that rarely, if ever, crops up.