Asia

North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in Sony Hacking, US officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on canceled its release of the comedy The Interview, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth Senior administration officials, who ... Read More »

India to rent another nuclear submarine from Russia

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Indian Navy may rent another nuclear submarine from Russia. It goes about a Project 971 (codenamed Pike-B) sub, Indian media outlets report. The news was announced by the head of the Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, as he was communicating with journalists after Putin’s visit to India. The Indian Navy already has a Russian-made nuclear submarine, Project 971 Nerpa. The ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Beginning of the Endgame?

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After a year of negotiations, the parties to the Iran nuclear talks failed to meet their deadline of 24 November. Ali Vaez | @AliVaez – ICG Nonetheless the talks will continue, with the goal of reaching a political agreement by 1 March 2015 and a comprehensive agreement, including an implementation plan, by 1 July 2015 (see Crisis Group’s new report Iran Nuclear ... Read More »

Torture is never the right thing to do

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Editorial Torture does not work. Worse, it encourages extremists and damages the moral credibility and international authority of those using it. Societies such as Australia and the United States are founded on ideals and principles that are reflected in law. Governments that exploit grey areas and loopholes in law to torture and abuse people ignore these beliefs and undermine the ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Fog Recedes

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Middle East Briefing N°43 – ICG OVERVIEW The failure of Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, also known as EU3+3) to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement by their self-imposed 24 November deadline was no surprise. The process had been deadlocked for months over two key issues: the size of Iran’s enrichment ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities

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Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election promises more competition than was initially anticipated. But with that comes a great risk of violence. Long-term stability and post-war reconciliation can only be achieved through a peaceful election resulting in a government committed to serving the interests of all Sri Lankans. Surprising many observers, Sri Lanka’s 8 January presidential election between incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa ... Read More »

Corruption pervades fast-growing economies of China, Turkey and Angola

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Transparency International’s measure of perceived public sector corruption says emerging countries increasingly seen as prone to fraud and bribery The Guardian – Mark Anderson Transparency The governments of some of the world’s fastest growing economies are showing signs of becoming more corrupt as civil society and political opposition groups are stifled, and incidents of fraud and bribery become more common. China, ... Read More »

India’s yoga minster aims to reclaim practice from West

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Shripad Yesso Naik has become India’s first minister for yoga, with plans to reclaim the practice as “India’s gift to the West” The Telegraph – Harriet Alexander India’s new minister for yoga has called on his countrymen to reclaim yoga from the West, criticising Indians for ignoring their heritage. Shripad Yesso Naik was appointed last month with a mission to preserve ... Read More »