Friday, August 15, 2014
If Asia is to move forward toward greater peace and prosperity, the region must say bye to the politics of both race and religion. How fitting it would be if the latest return visit to Asia by America's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of America's first African-American president, also helped push the region, including mainland China, to move beyond stereotypes. This is critical.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said he may try to change the constitution and serve a second term in office, a stunning announcement in a nation haunted by dictatorship.
And so he's gone. But not from our memories of laughter and sadness to which his movies moved us.
Fearing a genocide of Christians, the Vatican has given its approval to U.S. military air strikes in Iraq — a rare exception to its policy of peaceful conflict resolution.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Now it's not just two Americans, but a Spaniard as well: the three non-Africans known to have Ebola got some of the very few doses that exist of an experimental drug aimed at treating the deadly disease.
A year after a bloody Cairo crackdown, President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has tightened his grip on Egypt, crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, jailed top opponents and turned the page on the Arab Spring, critics say.
Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki insists he should remain premier, but with a rival candidate selected with strong international backing, his bid to cling to power has reached a dead end.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in Sunday's presidential election was hailed by his allies as a “revolution.”
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its 2014 assessment of the Chinese economy, has advised the country to adopt lower growth targets and to put more emphasis on enacting reforms made public last November. Slower growth now will lead to higher, sustainable growth later, it said, but if reforms are not put in place, GDP growth may well plummet.
About a century ago, after World War I, British and French leaders carved up the Middle East and set the modern borders of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.