Saturday, December 13, 2014
A senior Seoul official recently said South Korea was willing to provide North Korea with incentives if necessary to resume the reunions of separated families. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not elaborate on what the South could offer, saying all pending inter-Korean issues could be discussed in a comprehensive way.
A projected landslide victory for Japan's ruling party in Sunday's parliamentary elections could give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe political breathing space to push forward with his long-held nationalist agenda.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Recently on bbc.com there was a story about Russian news website The City Reporter, which decided to publish only “good news” for one day. Thus, on Dec. 1 the website carried only positive headlines such as “No disruption on the roads despite snow.”
Malala's winning the Nobel Peace Prize has led to general jubilation. It also caused some low-intensity myopic national outrage in Pakistan about imperialist manipulation or her being anti-Islam; some diasporic drivel about drone victims being comparably morally superior; and some global silliness such as Time magazine equating her with pop singer Taylor Swift for setting standards of success.
Detailed revelations of the torture used by George W. Bush-era operatives against al-Qaida suspects are only the latest morale-sapping scandal to envelop the Central Intelligence Agency.
The White House is inching close to its goal of closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay — home to some of the men subjected to brutal CIA interrogations.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
As teenage Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai prepares to receive her Nobel Peace Prize, the regional government in her homeland is pushing for Islamic content in school textbooks that critics claim promotes violent jihad.
Uber, the ride-sharing service and Silicon Valley superstar startup, has hit problems around the world that threaten to put the brakes on its spectacular growth.
When Spain's property bubble burst in 2008, the country was plunged into an economic crisis that threw millions of people out of work.
It's the new career trade-off: Around the U.S., areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.