More than one in 10 ninth-graders will leave junior high school without being awarded a diploma this summer as a result of revised graduation regulations. The number is embarrassingly high, but it really tells us something about the education system in this country.
There are some things that China -- and probably most of its people -- may not or refuse to understand, such as democracy and freedom. The other day, pro-democracy Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong received a hostile message on his Facebook page from a mainland Chinese Internet user.
Four days after being re-elected president of the International Federation of Association Football, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, 79, announced Tuesday in Zurich he was leaving his post in a "wise move" he should have done days, weeks, months, even years before now.
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus is causing alarm in neighboring South Korea and China. As of Sunday, 15 cases of the severe form of SARS have been diagnosed in South Korea, including a man who went to mainland China via Hong Kong, defying health authorities' border control efforts and subsequently leading to dozens of others needing to be quarantined.
Lee Kuan Yew, founder of Singapore, died on Monday at the age of 91. He was well remembered by world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, who called him "a true giant of history." Lee was described by many international media outlets as a "benevolent dictator" who transformed a small breakaway city-state at the southernmost tip of Malay Peninsula into a global financial hub.
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit with his mother Yoko to the grave of Nobusuke Kishi at Fuji Cemetery at Oyama in Shizuoka on Jan. 11. Yoko Abe is the only daughter of Kishi, the prime minister from 1957 to 1960 whose death wish was to amend Japan's pacifist constitution, which General Douglas A. MacArthur imposed on postwar Japan.
When China raised the minimum salaries for Xi Jinping and the country's civil service personnel, as reported on Jan. 20, it was revamping some surprisingly low wages for public servants in the world's most populous country, from the very lowest rungs to the country's president.
The prisoner's dilemma is one that shows why two purely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing that double-bind, and it's getting tighter.
A man has recently taken the political scene of a nation in turmoil by storm. Riding on a wave of populist discontent, the straight-talking man upended the political reality, winning in a historic election.
A video showing a masked man standing over two kneeling hostages in orange jumpsuits appeared on social media Tuesday.