Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's cabinet marked its 100th day Monday, riding the success of a landmark nuclear deal that has for now vindicated his push to engage with the West.
The Jan. 22 start of landmark Syria peace talks in Geneva will be difficult to keep as the war worsens and fallout spreads across the Middle East, analysts said.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Few mayors in Canada could put their cities on the map like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did. In the past three weeks, the heavyweight (weighing 320 pounds) mayor of Canada's largest city has grabbed no less world attention than Italy's Silvio Berlusconi or New York's Anthony Weiner, albeit for a different reason. Mayor Ford was involved in a crack-smoking scandal which had little to do with the kind of racy, titillating sex stories that brought down the former Italian prime minister and dashed the hopes of the once front-running candidate in New York's mayoral race.
After the euphoria that greeted last weekend's Iran nuclear deal, the hard work began Monday, with coordinating the potentially treacherous phase of implementing the agreement and negotiating a long-term accord.
It is understandable that family members of a hostage would want to see their loved one released as quickly as possible, but paying the ransom only encourages the crime to flourish
The U.S. government's authority to regulate air pollution nationwide, often against the wishes of Republican-leaning states, could face new curbs when the U.S. Supreme Court takes on two high-stakes cases in coming months.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I heard Emperor Hirohito's gyokuon hoso (玉音放送, Jewel Voice broadcast) on Aug. 15, 1945. But like almost all of us in Taiwan who listened to what our emperor said, I didn't know the Divine Country of Japan surrendered to end the Great East Asian War. We believed Hirohito was urging us to do more to win the unwinnable war.
> Joe Hung
Ukraine's stunning refusal to sign a historic trade deal with the European Union highlights the perilous state of the ex-Soviet state's economy and its continued reliance on its old master Russia.
Analysts praised Washington's ground-breaking interim deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but warned negotiations for a full agreement will prove even tougher.
As Democrats watched Senate Republicans use Senate procedural rules to thwart more and more of President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees, they wondered how much worse it could get.