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Stalemate between US and India

Relations between the world’s two largest democracies have been at a stalemate for some time. Kanwal Sibal, former chief of the Indian Foreign Service, feels the need for change. In an article published in English-language daily Mail Today, he says, “After having entered into a green light mode, India-US relations have slipped into an amber mode.” In other words, they are ready to go ahead but are not moving.
Source: Global Times | 2014/4/15 0:23:01

Indian elections underway

In India, the country’s nearly 815 million voters started voting from Monday in a month long poll to elect a new government that will among its many challenges have to mend a sluggish economic rate.
Source: Global Times | 2014/4/10 0:38:02

Alcohol a 'phone call away' in Islamic Iran

Despite the ban on alcohol and frequent police raids, drinking in Iran is widespread, especially among the wealthy. Because the Shiite-dominated Muslim state has no discotheques or nightclubs, it all takes place at home, behind closed doors.
Source: Reuters | 2014/3/27 0:53:01

Nuclear hangover

Takashi Sato, a 12-year-old boy, is the only pupil at Onami Elementary School, which lies 57 kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. On Thursday, he attended a graduation ceremony held only for him.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/25 0:38:01

Coalition in Crisis

On Friday night, at a stadium in Kajang, 21 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, supporters of opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat began to gather. A band started playing, cheered on by a few vuvuzela-blowing supporters. At around 11 pm, the crowd swelled to 10,000, some waving flags and posters featuring opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/24 0:23:01

Rush to Russia

A 10-minute drive north of the Crimean capital Simferopol stands the most populated township in all Ukraine, where fighter jets from the nearby Russian air force base can be spotted occasionally in the air from the streets.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/19 0:38:01

Visas for all?

Starting from February 6, Canada upgraded its single-entry visa to multiple-entry for Chinese visitors so that they need not make repeated applications and pay processing fees each time. The new policy also allows qualified visitors to stay in Canada for up to six months at a time for a maximum validity of 10 years, according to a press release from the Canadian government.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/18 1:03:01

Hong Kong's cautious action

"I do not like the Philippines, but imposing sanctions is another matter that the [Hong Kong] government needs to consider carefully," a Hong Kong resident, who gave his surname as Chan, told the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/13 0:58:02

Lessons from London

The UK faces fines of up to £300 million ($501.6 million) a year after the European Commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce “excessive” levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution from vehicles, the Guardian newspaper reported on February 20.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/11 0:23:01

Swat analysis

Pakistani farmer Wazir Jamal was so upset about being forced off his patch of land to make way for an army base in the Swat Valley that he killed himself, say his family and friends.
Source: Reuters | 2014/3/6 1:13:04

Posco steeled for trouble

Posco’s proposed steel plant near Paradip in Odisha, India, seems to be plagued by conflict.
Source: Global Times | 2014/3/4 0:38:01

Twenty-two years of Wednesday

Every Wednesday at noon, a couple of hundred people gather in front of the Japanese Embassy in downtown Seoul in a scene that has happened weekly for the last 22 years.
Source: Global Times | 2014/2/27 0:18:02

Will Vietnam bet big?

The Vietnam's government could soon legalize domestic casinos to lure billions of dollars of investment from major gaming firms, according to two sources with close knowledge of affairs of the National Assembly, which is due to debate the issue.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2014/2/18 0:48:03

New terror in Iraq

Fallujah was not the only target for ISIS. According to Reuters, in recent months, ISIS was gradually tightening its control upon Sunni-dominated Anbar province. Their larger goal was to establish a Sunni Muslim country, stretching across the border into Syria.
Source: Global Times | 2014/2/13 0:53:01

Masuzoe triumphs in Tokyo

The government-backed pro-nuclear frontrunner Yoichi Masuzoe was elected as the new governor of Tokyo on Sunday, defeating his key rival Morihiro Hosokawa, who is against restarting nuclear energy in the country, Japanese media reported.
Source: Global Times | 2014/2/10 0:53:01

Islamization fears at uni

The Pakistan studies lecturer is in mid-flow when his students stand and rush for the door – his class interrupted yet again by the call to prayer.
Source: AFP | 2014/1/23 0:28:01

Bangkok in deadlock

“Reform first, then election,” a Thai opposition leader addressed anti-government protesters on the main streets and street corners of Bangkok during the shutdown movement on January 13, in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.
Source: Global Times | 2014/1/21 0:13:01

American presence

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan, reportedly the world’s strongest typhoon in history, swept through the central Philippines and destroyed entire towns across the nation’s central islands.
Source: Global Times | 2014/1/16 0:53:01