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Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests

Japanese officials raid an office of Mitsubishi Motors following the revelation on Wednesday that it had falsified fuel economy data. The officials searched its plant in the central Japanese city of Okazaki. Mitsubishi has admitted that employees altered data to flatter mileage rates on more than 600,000 vehicles…. Source: Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests – BBC News Read More »

Danger of militancy returning to Kashmir looms

The Kashmir Valley is in a state of ferment again with anti-India sentiment exploding in violent protests across the restive region. It was the alleged molestation by an army man in Handwara in… Source: Danger of militancy returning to Kashmir looms – Asia Times Read More »

China’s Legalist Revival

Forget Confucianism: this ancient philosophy is driving China today.. HOW DOES culture shape politics? In her classic book Strategic Intelligence and Statecraft, Adda B. Bozeman argues that “American citizens must be fully aware of non-American approaches to statecraft if they are to render informed… Source: China’s Legalist Revival | The National Interest Read More »

India: We still want the Kohinoor diamond back

(CNN) The Indian government is making “all possible efforts” to retrieve the Kohinoor diamond contrary to reported comments from the country’s Solicitor General that the rare historical stone was given as a gift to the United Kingdom and not stolen… Source: India: We still want the Kohinoor diamond back – CNN.com Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

U.S. President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on April 20 as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic U.S. ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf allies have bristled at what they see as Washington’s tilt toward regional rival Iran after Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers… Source: Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit – MIDEAST Read More »

Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress costume – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist… Source: Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day Read More »

Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s recent visit to Egypt, although aimed at cultivating Turkey and Egypt into a strategic alliance, has taken place at a time when things look really bad for it in Yemen. Never has the need for actualizing the paper-army, the coalition of 39 countries, been felt as badly as today. On the one hand, the… Source: Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen – Asia Times Read More »

Why Turkey Is Building Mosques Around The World

A recently inaugurated mega-mosque near Washington D.C. is one of many the Turkish government has built in an effort to extend its influence and tout a moderate model of Islam. -Analysis- ANKARA — President Barack Obama’s decision not to attend the April 2 inauguration of a new mosque near Washington D.C. might have spoild the party a bit. The event was… Source: Why Turkey Is Building Mosques Around The World Read More »

Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain

Isil terrorists are plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Britain and Europe, EU and Nato security chiefs have warned. There is a “justified concern” that Islamist fanatics in Syria and Iraq  are… Source: Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain Read More »

US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on April 19 acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous “one-state reality” and in the wrong direction… Source: US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden – MIDEAST Read More »

Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide

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Travelling independently, our writer relies on the advice and generosity of the young Iranians who are using social media to show foreign visitors the warm, fun and defiant reality of everyday life in their country.. Βeing completely disconnected on holiday isn’t as romantic as some purist travellers may suggest. It might be fine if you plan to stay on a beach or… Source: Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide | Travel | The Guardian Read More »

China lands first military plane on disputed reef: state media

Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, officials said on April 18, in the first confirmation of such a flight. An air force plane landed on Fiery Cross reef in the Spratlys archipelago on April 17 to evacuate sick workers, a news report posted online by China’s defence ministry said… Source: China lands first military plane on disputed reef: state media – ASIA Read More »

Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians?

After five years of war, expecting the Syrians to give Bashar al-Assad a chance is as reprehensible as it is dangerous.. When American and Russian spokespersons deny the existence of a secret agreement between them over Syria, they’re not necessarily lying – but they are being… Source: Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres

Jakarta: Indonesia’s chief security minister said the country must make peace with its past but ruled out a government apology to the victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge at the first ever state-sanctioned discussions on the mass killings. Luhut Panjaitan – one of President Joko Widodo’s most trusted ministers – said the two-day symposium reflected the government’s intention to resolve past… Source: Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres Read More »

Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey

As yet another enormous mosque has opened in the U.S. (funded by the Turkish government), Christians in Turkey are waiting for the day when Turkish state authorities will allow them freely to build or use their churches and safely pray inside them. In… Source: Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey Read More »