North Korea's detonation of its fifth nuclear test last week is a significant punctuation mark in the steadily worsening security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
No one can tell for sure how many migrant workers we actually have in this country. Even the authorities and individual officials offer their own variable numbers, not so much because they have something to hide from the public but simply no one knows exactly how many of them are here.
Presidents, prime ministers and kings will convene in New York next week for the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
On Monday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally ordered an end to military trials for civilians.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's decision to put the affiliation process of medical colleges on hold until a bill on medical education reform is endorsed by the Parliament is a very positive step. This decision follows a recent warning by Govinda KC, a campaigner who has long fought for reforms in the medical sector, that he will once again go on a hunger strike if his demands are not met.
The heavy-handed posture of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration appears to have led to the rise of "anti-China" forces in Hong Kong.
Some worry that our outspoken president may be unnecessarily antagonizing the U.S. for our country's own good, while sounding deliberately gentle with China -- in the name of pursuing an "independent foreign policy."
In an ideal world, sovereign nations would maintain the unchallenged authority to implement any policy without other countries attempting to intervene, not even the superpowers on which so much depends in our interconnected world. In reality, however, no national leader has the freedom to pursue policies deemed inappropriate by the international community.
With its fifth -- and most powerful -- nuclear test since 2006 and the second so far this year, North Korea has shown how far its nuclear weapons program has come.
As Muslims worldwide have just performed another Hajj and are celebrating Eid, it is perhaps an opportune moment to reflect on the current state of the abstract construct -- the "Muslim world."