Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Can Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak deliver amid slower economic growth and the aftermath of last week's Bangkok bomb blast, which has shaken confidence?
South and North Korea sought to find ways of defusing tensions on the peninsula at high-level talks that were resumed Sunday after being adjourned earlier in the day. The talks began Saturday at the truce village of Panmunjeom, an hour after the North's deadline for the South to halt propaganda broadcasts across their heavily fortified border or face a military attack.
Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak's comments that Israel nearly attacked Iran's nuclear facilities but the plan was scuttled by military men and cowardly politicians could shake up Israeli politics.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Dear President Lee: It has been a very long time since I last wrote you. Hence this belated letter.
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The thwarted attack by a gunman on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris has underlined the difficulty faced by intelligence services in tracking the unprecedented numbers of potential jihadists, experts say.
A country long associated with gross human rights violations, Myanmar, also known as Burma, is now trying to regulate private faith. But judging the atmosphere and conditions leading up to the passing of two laws in Nay Pyi Taw recently, morality was not high on the mind of Myanmar's parliamentarians. The bills regulate religious conversion and polygamy.
Fierce criticism of the Iran nuclear agreement by figures in the U.S. opposition Republican Party seeking the U.S. presidency has raised a big question in Tehran -- will future American leaders keep their side of the bargain?
Sunday, August 23, 2015
"Here is a book you should have, Mr. Director," and with that Jacqueline Kennedy handed CIA director Allen Dulles a copy of "From Russia with Love" by Ian Fleming, the latest novel in the series featuring lethal British agent James Bond. Their 1957 encounter in Palm Beach bears on continuing controversies, and too many recent embarrassments, involving U.S. government intelligence.
For years, North Korea's litany of threats has been largely dismissed -- Seoul, after all, is still not drowning in a "sea of fire," despite Pyongyang's repeated promises to make it so.
Sri Lanka's just-concluded polls drew abnormal interest because of Mahinda Rajapaksa's bid to return as prime minister, barely six months after he lost power as president of the teardrop-shaped island.