Monday, August 31, 2015
It's time for former president Chen Shui-bian to go back to prison. There's no reason why he is allowed to stay at home on compassionate release from jail where he is required to serve a 20-year sentence for corruption and graft as well as money laundering while he was in office from 2000 to 2008.
> Joe Hung
We are in one big global mess. On Aug. 11, an unexpected 1.9 percent devaluation of the yuan fueled fears about the outlook of the Chinese economy, setting off falls in commodity prices and emerging market (EM) currencies and equities over an extended period.
Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end U.N. conference in Paris.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The 38th Parallel dividing North and South Korea is less tense thanks to a sensible new agreement. Pyongyang has expressed regret over land mines injuring South Korean soldiers. The South will curtail loudspeaker broadcasts. The confrontation led to artillery fire.
It has become a familiar scene in Turkey over the past month. Another soldier is laid to rest, parents grieving as the coffin is draped with the Turkish flag under the merciless glare of television cameras.
There is hope for Indonesia's environment, at least according to the president's special envoy on climate change, Rachmat Witoelar, who revealed this week the government's bid to set a higher national emissions reduction target ahead of the U.N. climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year.
The escalating row over Venezuela's mass deportations of Colombians is less about neighborly strains than the economic crisis, crippling shortages and dismal popularity ratings facing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, analysts said Friday.
The word "south-south conflict" describes the different -- often opposite -- positions South Koreans take on North Korea, be of its leader, its security threat or how to achieve reunification.
The overnight rally planned by electoral reforms activist group Bersih to begin this afternoon in Kuala Lumpur will undoubtedly see tens of thousands descending on the streets of the capital, in what has become a protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In the early 2000s, Korean tourists to Turkey saw a foreign exchange rate of 1 million won to about 1.3 billion lira.