The country's 30 major public corporations were saddled with a combined debt of 429 trillion won (US$366 billion) as of the end of last year, according to data submitted by the Finance Ministry to a lawmaker last week.
"Frenemy" is English slang for a person who pretends to be a friend but takes hostile actions. It is made by blending "friend" and "enemy."
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was dignified in his response to the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report last week when he said Thailand needed to solve its own problems rather than blaming the United States for keeping the country relegated to Tier 3, its most damning rating.
Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father's birthplace, for the first time since becoming president in 2009. Also on his itinerary was Ethiopia. It was the first time for a serving American president to visit either country.
"Deeply saddened, frustrated and disappointed" is how British ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft described last week's events in the United Nations Security Council.
It's been a very long race, but the finishing line is now fast approaching.
The IOC has chosen Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Aside from Education Minister Wu Se-hwa, a polarizing figure standing at the center of the recent controversy on how the nation's past will be taught is doubtful that the current fracas will be resolved.
Historiography refers to both the study of the methodology of historians and development of history as a discipline, and also to a body of historical work on a particular subject. Few laymen know what it is. The methodology is guided by the dictum of Leopold von Rranke, a founder of modern source-based history. Historians have to write "wie es eigentliche gewesen."
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Turkey has shifted significantly in the war against ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria), and is now striking the enemy directly and permitting the United States-led coalition to use air bases. On July 28, an emergency North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting was held in Brussels, at Turkey's request. Alliance solidarity was reconfirmed.