Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Jakarta's plan to procure about 3,000 large and medium-sized buses to be deployed along Transjakarta lanes and smaller roads to reach residential areas early this year received a warm welcome as the move would help ease traffic congestion through the improvement of public transportation services.
Earlier this month, a mother of four, surnamed Su, who has three disabled children requiring constant care, accused the government of ignoring the demands of families that have disabled members., 2 Comments
Monday, July 14, 2014
A new caliphate was born on June 29, 90 years after the last one. The Ottoman Empire was overthrown by Kemal Ataturk, who founded the modern Republic of Turkey in 1924. A major development in Arabic jihadist history, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared the reestablishment of the caliphate with its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph of the Islamic State. Baghdadi now wishes to be known as Caliph Ibrahim.
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Wednesday's presidential election lived up to the government's billing of all polls as a “fiesta of democracy.” The day went peacefully although not necessarily free from fraud, and the mood across the nation was one of a truly festive nature.
Indonesia faces a long period of uncertainty after last week's disputed presidential election, analysts warn — raising fears for Southeast Asia's top economy as growth sits at four-year lows, foreign investment slows and corruption remains rife.
The crisis in Ukraine is undermining reconciliation efforts between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church and has shown up Pope Francis's inability to make his peace message heard in the conflict-torn country, analysts said.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Benjamin Netanyahu, initially accused by Israel's most ardent hawks of dithering over Hamas rocket fire, appears to have found at least a temporary political balance with his punishing air campaign against Gaza.
House raids, bugging devices, threats, violence and demeaning posters are just a few things Vladimir Putin's critics have faced while trying to run for city parliament in the Russian capital.
Summer brings hot weather, especially politically on the Korea Peninsula. North Korea has announced that two detained American tourists, Jeffrey Edward Fowle and Matthew Todd Miller, will be put on trial for provocative acts. Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae has been imprisoned since November 2012.
The people's ASEAN would not be a reality if the politics is not right – both the domestic political systems in which the people live and the wider regional order that underpins the peace, stability and prosperity of their lives.