Thursday, September 25, 2014
The recurring image in the latest Republican campaign ads is a lone militant walking across a barren land with the black banner of the Islamic State group.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Kabul on Sunday to congratulate Afghan presidential contenders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for finally accepting a power-sharing deal to resolve a months-long dispute over who won in an election deeply marred by fraud.
With low-cost airlines on the cusp of dominating Europe's skies, turbulent times are in store for traditional carriers that are finding it hard to adapt, as the ongoing strike at Air France shows.
All around the world, eyes were on Scotland last week. Last Thursday's referendum rejected the proposition that Scotland become an independent state.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
China's Communist Party has announced that a plenary session of its Central Committee will meet next month and the focus will be on the rule of law. While no one expects the party to allow a fully independent judiciary, there may well be progress while leaving in place the ultimate role of the party.
Brazil's market-movers hope President Dilma Rousseff's time is up, but there are signs that voters are moving back toward her as next month's election nears.
Addressing the 2nd plenum of the 19th party congress of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on Sept. 14, Chairman Ma Ying-jeou called for unity of all party members by counting the KMT's numerous contributions toward Taiwan in history.
Certain rules and traditions are observed each time the top leaders of India and China get together.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Russian President Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine.
The Palestinians launch an intensive diplomatic campaign on three fronts this week: tackling internal divisions, resuming truce talks with Israel and making a fresh appeal to the United Nations.