Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Political analysts see a new trend in Taiwan away from party politics and toward more civic engagement after the weekend's local elections, in which the China-friendly ruling party suffered a humiliating defeat.
In early 2006, ASEAN senior economic officials were given this challenge by their ministers: craft the economic future of the grouping; an economic community not by 2020, as stipulated in ASEAN Vision 2020, but in 2015.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
On a trip to Afghanistan during U.S. President Barack Obama's first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military's special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official.
For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is US$583 a month. Retirement should have been a “slam dunk,” the 62-year-old Texas widow says. She saved, bought a house with her spouse and has a pension through her employer.
HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. The virus spreads to every corner of the country, including Aceh, where sharia law takes effect and gives no room for promiscuity. It has infected people from all walks of life, including loyal housewives.
Optimism that Asia is about to enter a new era of relative peace and prosperity over the next decade — a broad sentiment evident at the recent Straits Times Global Outlook Forum — appears to be consonant with global trends.
Last week's refusal by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production, in spite of a supply glut and falling prices, underscores the complicated dynamics of oil markets.
Monday, December 1, 2014
A trial began in Seoul last week of a Japanese journalist indicted for defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry boat disaster in April because the unmarried lady chief of state was with a man.
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Last spring, emails written by members of American University's Epsilon Iota fraternity were leaked, revealing to a horrified public the strategies — from manipulation to outright drugging — the brothers used to get sex.
Measures to stop the decline of Japan's population and redress excessive concentrations of population and industry in the Tokyo metropolitan area are significant issues related to the basis of the nation's existence.