More than 100,000 phantom employees on government payrolls have materialized in Hebei, Sichuan, Henan and Jilin provinces. In Hebei alone, more than 100 million yuan (US$16 million) has been recovered.
2014/9/27, 1 Comment
What was set up in Bangladesh to protect the press and its freedom appears to be poised to destroy both.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Kabul on Sunday to congratulate Afghan presidential contenders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for finally accepting a power-sharing deal to resolve a months-long dispute over who won in an election deeply marred by fraud.
All around the world, eyes were on Scotland last week. Last Thursday's referendum rejected the proposition that Scotland become an independent state.
China's Communist Party has announced that a plenary session of its Central Committee will meet next month and the focus will be on the rule of law. While no one expects the party to allow a fully independent judiciary, there may well be progress while leaving in place the ultimate role of the party.
Certain rules and traditions are observed each time the top leaders of India and China get together.
South Korea and Japan have recently been moving to build momentum toward repairing their soured relations, with the possibility growing that South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold their first bilateral summit in the months to come.
Shirley Yamaguchi, a popular Japanese singer and actress also known as Toshiko Otaka and Ri Koran, died in Tokyo on Sept. 7. She was 94. Born Toshiko Yamaguchi (山口淑子) in Shenyang, Manchuria in 1920, Shirley made her name first as a singer and then as a film star as Ri Koran (Li Xianglan, 李香蘭), because she was “adopted” as a daughter of her father's Chinese friend Li Jichun (李際春).
- Joe Hung
Muslim societies are gradually opening up, when it comes to women. The older culture of segregation was based on early marriages, which helped prevent sexual frustration. But economic pressure and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing that tradition.
“Identity politics” is how former U.S. President Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation.