The United Nations and others have expressed concern over the Lebanese government's recent decision to bar Syrian refugees crossing the border. The aim of the new regulation, approved on New Year's Eve, is to slow the influx of asylum seekers escaping the civil war in Syria.
Wednesday's shocking terror attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo should finally awaken the Western public to the threat posed by radical Islamists to free speech worldwide.
In some Asian cultures, time is traditionally cyclical, not linear. Time in Thailand, however, appears to be trapped in a vicious cycle without a beginning or end. This cycle usually starts with a military coup, followed by the installation of a military regime, a new charter, an elected government, a political crisis, then another military coup and another military regime.
The euro plunged to a nine-year low against the greenback on Monday, on the back of political instability in Greece, deflationary fears and the continued fall in oil prices. The currency hit US$1.1869 on Monday, before recovering to US$1.1913 late yesterday. Go back a year, and it was US$1.3724.
The New Year parties are over, but Singapore's economy is still suffering a hangover from 2014.
Important diplomatic issues for Japan today include improving ties with China and South Korea and strengthening its alliance with the United States.
The relationship between South Korea and Japan is set to go through a sensitive time, as relations could be aggravated by a series of coming events, including Japan's celebration of a day for Dokdo islets next month.
As far as the availability of higher education for Texas students, things are going in the wrong direction.
A survey conducted by the Japanese government last year showed that more than 66 percent of Japanese citizens perceived South Korea negatively. This proportion, up from 58 percent in 2013, was the highest since Tokyo began the survey in 1978.
In this modern Internet world where everyone can proffer an opinion, tell a story, post pictures, inform the public of important events — and spread malicious lies — we need to be steady.