Saturday, February 7, 2015
In Japan, where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid “meiwaku” — causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely viewed as troublemakers.
Israeli taxpayer support for an organization fueling investment in West Bank settlements rose by more than US$100 million last year, making it a top recipient of money being furtively channeled into politicians' pet projects, according to an Associated Press analysis.
Friday, February 6, 2015
The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.
Maxence Hamard never used to spend much time thinking about French society, but all that changed dramatically one month ago when Islamist attackers wrought terror in Paris over three, long days.
The burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State (IS) group has shocked and angered Jordanians, uniting them behind their government's vow to intensify its military action against the jihadists.
Among the most ambitious bullet items in U.S. President Barack Obama's US$4-trillion federal budget is a US$1 billion appropriation he hopes will to curb illegal immigration to the United States from three Central American countries.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Ukraine conflict, Islamic State (IS) group jihadists and the wider “collapse of the global order” will occupy the world's security community at an annual meeting in Germany from Friday.
The hostage crisis involving two Japanese nationals abducted by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS/ISIL/ISIS) has reminded Japanese once again of the threat that terrorism poses and is likely to prod the nation to change how it deals with terrorism.
Are Washington and Athens fighting the same fight against austerity?
Just as he re-emphasized on Monday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's down-to-earth leadership platforms will determine the direction of his foreign policy in the next five years, meaning that there will be little room for jargon and verbose claims of achievements, such as about the pivotal role Indonesia plays in managing international conflicts. But it does not mean the foreign ministry will set aside other basic and traditional missions.