Security-related bills were discussed for much longer than the ruling parties envisioned, but even as they were passed at the lower house plenary session on Thursday, the debate had not reached the nitty-gritty of legislation that will expand the roles of the Self-Defense Forces.
The luck just doesn't run out in Pakistan. Just as one door closes, another opens.
The mainland Chinese authorities' crackdown on human rights groups can be viewed as an indication that the iron--fisted rule of Xi Jinping's administration is becoming ever harsher.
The oft-heard phrase "There's no such thing as a free lunch" is meant to underscore the commercial reality of the world in which we live. But this harsh "rule" is being flouted daily by generous businesspeople who give away their goods to citizens in need.
American psychologists are in dire need of therapy. A scathing report documents the collusion between past executives of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American defense establishment involved in torturing prisoners of war after 2001.
India today swung into damage-control mode, a day after Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz upset the boat by raising the issue of Kashmir and India-sponsored terrorism in Balochistan.
Disgraced South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk is in a legal battle over the rights to a technique critical to his attempts to clone mammoths, it was revealed Wednesday.
Filipino bishops called on the nation Monday to storm the heavens with prayers for the protection of the Philippines and a peaceful resolution of the country's territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea.
While all eyes were on faraway Greece and its unsettled row with its creditors, a far bigger financial crisis was happening next door, in China. In less than a month since panic-selling started in mid-June, China's stock market has lost some US$3 trillion in value -- equivalent to more than 10 times the economy of the Philippines.
Thailand today looks stable on the surface. There have been no major clashes between progovernment and antigovernment citizens recently, though there was a bombing incident and a demonstration by prodemocracy students voicing antigovernment slogans in central Bangkok.