This past Monday was World Refugee Day.
As expected, the Hong Kong Government's electoral reform package, which had been the focus of heated debate, failed to pass in the Legislative Council, thus blocking Beijing's formula for "one man, one vote" elections for Chief Executive in 2017.
Since its integration into Indonesia on May 1, 1963, Papua has been a land of conflict.
For a good many of us, "Laudato Si" (Praised Be) will be the most subversive text we will read all year, or indeed for many years. The extraordinary eco-encyclical from Pope Francis contains explosive truths.
Like many, I find the Rachel Dolezal controversy both fascinating and troubling.
Violent clashes involving Chinese ships and Vietnamese fishing boats are the latest in a series of maritime disputes which span the vast Pacific region.
On Tuesday, an Egyptian court upheld the death penalty for Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president. Morsi was first sentenced to death last month, along with more than 100 co-defendants, for taking part in an alleged prison break. It was the latest in a series of sham trials and mass death sentences decreed by the judiciary since the Egyptian military ousted Morsi in a coup in July 2013.
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South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will make a two-day trip to Japan starting Sunday.
The setback suffered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal in the United States Congress is a worrying sign of America's fluctuating ability to underpin its national interests in Asia with a commensurate set of multilateral responsibilities.
The number of refugees fleeing their native lands as well as people being internally displaced in their home countries has surged beyond even the most dire predictions. Just six months ago, a U.N. report launched an urgent appeal for US$16.4 billion to assist 58 million people; a record number of refugees, internally displaced persons and victims of famine.