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UN to N. Korea: 'Significant' Sanctions on the Way

The UN Security Council has issued a statement strongly condemning North Korea's rocket launch and pledging to "expeditiously" adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions. The statement approved by all 15 council members at an emergency meeting on Sunday underscored that launches using ballistic missile technology, "even if characterized...

Republican Governors Team Up on Inexperienced Rubio

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich each hope to best the Republican boy wonder in New Hampshire.

North Korea Moves Up Dates for Rocket Launch

North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The AP reports he launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments...

Shock in India over mob attack on Tanzanian student

Suspects arrested and local policemen suspended in Bangalore after yet another apparently racially motivated incident.

Turkey's pervasive political and social polarisation

Harsh, patriarchal and communitarian political culture and excessive chauvinism are keeping the country in deadlock.

Israel frets about “Iran as Neighbor” if Aleppo falls & al-Assad Regime Wins

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – An Arabic site that aggregates Facebook and other social media postings reports that Israeli officials are filled with anxiety and consternation about the…

America's "powerful signal to allies" -- and Russia

Obama to quadruple spending to $3.4B on military support for European allies, aimed at "deterring Russia from further aggression"

Q&A: Does launch take N Korea closer to nuclear weapon?

How much closer does North Korea's satellite launch bring it to developing an intercontinental ballistic weapon?

The perilous state of Scottish media

Cuts at Scotland's newspapers are bringing quality journalism to its knees but can new media websites fill the deficit?

Jacob Zuma's about-turn suggests South Africa faces another Unhinged Political Year

Giovanni Poggi, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Why now? Will he really #PayBackTheMoney? How much of it will he pay back? These are some of the questions on the lips of many South Africans. These questions come after President...Show More Summary

Brussels Briefing: Back to Turkey

This is Monday’s edition of our new Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up here. Once more to the breach, dear friends. Angela Merkel will be back in Turkeytoday for her second visit in five months. Show More Summary

Two Members of Jihadi John's 'Beatles' Execution Cell Named as Alexe Kotey and Aine Davis

Two extremists from London have been named as accomplices in Islamic State militant group (ISIS) executioner Mohammed Emwazi’s infamous “Beatles” cell that took part in the imprisonment, beating and beheading of a number of the radical...Show More Summary

Fireworks and dragon dances usher in Year of the Monkey

Colourful festivities get underway as communities around the world celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Merkel visits Turkey as fleeing Syrians wait at border

German chancellor to meet Turkish leaders as tens of thousands of Syrian refugees remain stranded at border with Turkey.

Two rescued from Taiwan quake rubble as time runs out

Over 100 people are still thought to be trapped inside collapsed building after Saturday's powerful quake in Tainan.

Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurds

Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or […]

We wish we had said this about inheritance tax

And in fact we have said things like this before: Do you plan to leave your wealth to your children? Yes, on the understanding that they, in turn, protect it for their children and grandchildren, as I’m strongly against inheritance tax. Even at the height of my youthful Marxist fervour in the great socialist Jerusalem […]

Aid & development links: World Bank hits 70, emergency in Zimbabwe, women of Somaliland and more

By Jonathan Pryke, Research Fellow and Chloe Hickey-Jones, Intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program. The 2016 Australasian Aid Conference is on this week in Canberra. The conference brings together a host of researchers from Asia, Australia and the Pacific who explore aid and development issues in the region. Show More Summary

The toilet or the iPhone: Which is the more important for civilisation?

Following the stunning success of Thomas Piketty's door-stop book Capital in the Twenty-first Century, Robert Gordon has consolidated his recent writings into a 600-page tome: The Rise and Fall of American Growth, that argues America's 150-year run of rapid economic advance is over. Show More Summary

What the Washington Post gets wrong about Southeast Asia

The Washington Post editorial board, which has long argued for a vocal and uncompromising emphasis on democracy promotion in American foreign policy, has published an editorial criticizing the Obama Administration's decision to hostShow More Summary

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