Sunday, August 30, 2015
The 38th Parallel dividing North and South Korea is less tense thanks to a sensible new agreement. Pyongyang has expressed regret over land mines injuring South Korean soldiers. The South will curtail loudspeaker broadcasts. The confrontation led to artillery fire.
It has become a familiar scene in Turkey over the past month. Another soldier is laid to rest, parents grieving as the coffin is draped with the Turkish flag under the merciless glare of television cameras.
There is hope for Indonesia's environment, at least according to the president's special envoy on climate change, Rachmat Witoelar, who revealed this week the government's bid to set a higher national emissions reduction target ahead of the U.N. climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year.
The escalating row over Venezuela's mass deportations of Colombians is less about neighborly strains than the economic crisis, crippling shortages and dismal popularity ratings facing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, analysts said Friday.
The word "south-south conflict" describes the different -- often opposite -- positions South Koreans take on North Korea, be of its leader, its security threat or how to achieve reunification.
The overnight rally planned by electoral reforms activist group Bersih to begin this afternoon in Kuala Lumpur will undoubtedly see tens of thousands descending on the streets of the capital, in what has become a protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In the early 2000s, Korean tourists to Turkey saw a foreign exchange rate of 1 million won to about 1.3 billion lira.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
The reverberations of mainland China's economic jolt are being felt worldwide from New York, to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. It's the fear of a slowdown in the once supercharged Chinese economy, which has sent China's Shanghai Index market into a tailspin down over 20 percent in two weeks. The economic knock-on effect has been sobering since China, as the world's second-largest economy, has been a driver of global growth and commerce.
With mass shootings seemingly on a daily basis, it appears no place in the United States is safe from carnage: not churches, not schools, not even the morning newscast.
On Aug. 11, the People's Bank of China set the trading range of the yuan about 1.9 percent lower against the U.S. dollar, allowing the currency to float at a more market-driven level against the greenback. In the week ended Aug. 15, the yuan depreciated by nearly 4 percent.