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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is US$583 a month. Retirement should have been a “slam dunk,” the 62-year-old Texas widow says. She saved, bought a house with her spouse and has a pension through her employer.
HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. The virus spreads to every corner of the country, including Aceh, where sharia law takes effect and gives no room for promiscuity. It has infected people from all walks of life, including loyal housewives.
Optimism that Asia is about to enter a new era of relative peace and prosperity over the next decade — a broad sentiment evident at the recent Straits Times Global Outlook Forum — appears to be consonant with global trends.
Last week's refusal by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production, in spite of a supply glut and falling prices, underscores the complicated dynamics of oil markets.
Monday, December 1, 2014
A trial began in Seoul last week of a Japanese journalist indicted for defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry boat disaster in April because the unmarried lady chief of state was with a man.
Last spring, emails written by members of American University's Epsilon Iota fraternity were leaked, revealing to a horrified public the strategies — from manipulation to outright drugging — the brothers used to get sex.
Measures to stop the decline of Japan's population and redress excessive concentrations of population and industry in the Tokyo metropolitan area are significant issues related to the basis of the nation's existence.
The U.S. Supreme Court will today consider a groundbreaking case about whether death threats posted on Facebook are liable to prosecution or whether threatening comments are protected by constitutional rights to free speech.
It goes without saying that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been waiting for this day for quite a while, ever since former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) landed himself behind bars on corruption charges.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Here I sit, 12 hours to go before the 9-in-1 Elections 2014. If I make print as I hope, you are reading these words with, as the newscasters say, “the results now all in.” On the eve of the election, I am weighing the situation, trying to be brave as I share a few impressions about what has happened here these recent days.
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