The self-righteous, heavy-handed nature of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration has become even clearer.
Data released by South Korea's foreign ministry last week showed that the number of Korean emigrants fell to a record low in 2014. Only 249 Koreans emigrated to foreign countries last year, down from 302 in the previous year. The figure marked the lowest since the government began compiling emigration data in 1962 when 386 people left the country to live abroad.
Barring last-minute surprises, it now looks very likely that by the end of this month, the United States and Iran will conclude a deal over the latter's nuclear program.
Organ transplants have been in the news this past week after reports that the organs of Irish physiotherapist Lisa Orsi, 22, who died after a trek in Indonesia, will be donated to several people here in Singapore, where she had worked since last year.
As the world's second largest economy -- and by some measures already the largest -- mainland China will always offer up opportunity to those willing to tolerate the risk, the pollution and the corruption.
The markets came down last week when China announced its projected growth rate for 2015 at 7 percent, after clocking the slowest growth in 24 years last year (at 7.4 percent). The nervousness flows from China's key role in contributing substantially to global growth in output and international trade since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.
The transfer of soil contaminated with radioactive substances to an interim storage facility will start at last on Friday, four years after the substances were released in the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin's documentary on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case is, sadly, a portrayal of the mindset of many men and even some women in India.
On Sunday, women around the world joined marches for equality.
A major rift has emerged between two nations that are longtime sworn friends regarding suspicions over Iran's nuclear development program. This is an extraordinary situation.