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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Iraq's Kurds would face enormous challenges if they were to secede, but the threat of an independence vote amid chaos nationwide could squeeze concessions from the federal government, experts say.
Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Last Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved a reinterpretation of the country's pacifist postwar constitution that will allow the military to help defend allies and others “in a close relationship” with Japan under what is known as “collective self-defense.” The shift is needed as Japan alleges the People's Republic of China is planning to invade the disputed Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Diaoyutai in Taiwan, which both claim them.
India's new government, led by right-winger Narendra Modi, Thursday unveils its maiden budget — its first big policy statement on how it intends to overhaul an economy saddled with slow growth and weak public finances.
The winner of this week's Indonesian presidential election faces serious challenges to keep Southeast Asia's top economy on track, from cutting fuel subsidies and fighting corruption to revamping creaking infrastructure and boosting spending on the poor.
Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest ports, but as a growing number of container ships compete with fishing boats for space in an ever-shrinking harbor, a spate of accidents has raised fears for maritime safety.
The government watchdog Control Yuan issued a report this June that pointed fingers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), saying that it is partially responsible for the cutting of ties with Taiwan's former African ally last November.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
June is the time for Wimbledon tennis, World Cup football and in Basle, hundreds of the world's central bankers gather for the Annual Meeting of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
The Fourth of July weekend in the United States celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform — scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military — traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history — and present. The current Veterans Administration scandals remind us of how serious related problems can become.
Before returning home after a two-day state visit on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a business forum in Seoul. President Park Geun-hye was alongside him. Later in the day, Park hosted a private luncheon for Xi and his wife at a traditional Korean house, a rare hospitability she offers to visiting heads of state.
  
  
  
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