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Philip Wen August 15, 2017
In response to North Korea testing two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month, the UN Security Council issued a new round of sanctions “intending to press the Asian state to renounce its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs,” reports Philip Wen for Reuters. The sanctions prohibit North Korea from exporting seafood and various minerals like iron and coal. The country earns more...
Daniel Van Boom August 14, 2017
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan from around the United States attended a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to oppose the community’s removal of monuments associated with the losing Confederate side of the US Civil War. Local counter-protesters opposing the extremists were attacked by a speeding vehicle with one woman killed. White supremacists are belligerent...
Arthur Beesley and Jim Brunsden August 14, 2017
Under Emmanuel Macron’s new government, France is aggressively seeking to influence eurozone policy by gunning for two top positions in the Eurogroup as well as pushing to create another one. The Eurogroup refers to informal gatherings for finance ministers of the 19 eurozone countries who attempt to ensure close coordination and integration of economic policies. The pro-EU Macron is “push[ing]...
Luo Ruiyao, Li Rongde and Zhang Congzhi August 11, 2017
The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that about 2.4 million women left the nation to work as domestic help in Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and elsewhere. China may be the next stop for Filipina staff who provide elder and child care, as officials from the Philippines report negotiations are underway to organize work programs in five Chinese cities. “If it happens, it would mark a huge change in...
Noel Tarrazona August 11, 2017
Philippine troops continue to battle militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Marawi, a city in the southern part of the country. With a goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia, the militants rely on urban warfare tactics including taking civilian hostages, land mines, snipers and ambushes with more than 400,000 people displaced. China and the United States compete in...
Jun Ji-hye August 10, 2017
The leaders of North Korea and the United States are exchanging threats, and the rest of the world hopes the war of words does not escalate into what is being called “preventive war” or preemptive strikes. “Preventive strikes are carried out to remove the enemy's strategic facilities in advance to prevent an attack,” explains Jun Ji-hye for the Korea Times. “This is a different concept from...
Abdi Latif Dahir August 9, 2017
In July, Kenya’s government declared Asians as the nation’s 44th indigenous group after a successful petition from the Asian community, a nod to their long history in the country. Although individuals from the Indian subcontinent, referred to as Asians in Kenya, first immigrated en masse to the East African nation in the late 1800s, they still face scapegoating, racism and violence. Critics “...

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