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We woke up last Saturday to a very painful incident in Ankara. We received breaking news messages on our phones saying there had been two blasts in the capital of Turkey. We turned on the TV to discover the full dimension of the twin explosions.
If there is one economy that has put the bulk of its eggs in the Chinese basket, it is Taiwan, with nearly 40 percent of its exports and 57 percent of its outbound investments going to the Chinese mainland.
The Islamic State (IS) has been spreading its influence across borders. U.N. figures state that there are an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters involved with IS. Few countries in Africa or Europe are exempt when it comes to supplying foreign jihadists. North Africa has played a major role in "exporting" fighters to IS with approximately 6,000 fighters originating from African countries such as Morocco, Libya and Tunisia.
The minute I saw the news this week about Playboy magazine, I groaned. I all but smacked my forehead with the flat of my hand. This famous (some might say infamous) magazine plans to clean up its act?
On Oct. 10, twin bomb blasts devastated an area of Ankara, capital city of Turkey, where a protest rally was underway. People had gathered to condemn the government's attacks on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a separatist organization officially regarded as a terrorist movement.
In its annual selection process, the full General Assembly has picked five countries to serve as non-permanent members on the U.N. Security Council. Importantly, Egypt, Japan and Ukraine as well as Senegal and Uruguay were chosen as the new members who will serve two year terms on the powerful 15-member Security Council.
Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2015 in Kuala Lumpur on Disruptive Innovation. The forum brought together many amazing speakers who are at the cutting edge of innovation. The most impressive was Dr. Hugh Herr, who lost both legs to frost bite when mountain-climbing.
News broke last week that as early as 1977, senior scientists from United States oil giant Exxon had warned that the burning of fossil fuels was influencing the climate.
Negotiations on the largest regional trade accord in history concluded last week. Pundits have since weighed in on which groups of nations stand to gain or lose from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the agreement is called.
The agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, reached after five years of often nail-biting sessions that ended inconclusively, marks a triumph for the United States, especially for President Barack Obama, but opposition to it is so strong in the U.S. Congress that its passage is far from certain next year, which will be marked by U.S. presidential election campaign rhetoric.
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