Taiwan again received perfect 10 out of 10 for 'electoral process and pluralism'
There are plenty reasons to fret about how the controversial ex-soldier will likely rule world’s fourth most populous nation
Myanmar youths go into hiding to avoid getting forced into battle (February 14, 2024, Radio Free Asia)
With Myanmar’s junta plowing ahead toward a full-scale draft, young men say they are staying indoors to avoid getting dragooned into the army to fight in a war in which the military is losing ground and men.
Reports of oil depot explosion in Kursk, Russia; Zelenskiy hails drone destruction of another enemy warship
Although there are millions of ethnic Uzbeks in neighboring countries, the Uzbek government does not seriously entertain the idea of building bonds with them. Why?
Israel-Gaza war: why did the ceasefire negotiations collapse – and can they be revived? (February 9, 2024, The Conversation)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken looked exhausted at his media conference in Israel this week as he tried to remain optimistic about prospects for a truce in the Gaza war.
Israel and Lebanon are prepping for a war neither wants, but many fear it's becoming inevitable (February 1, 2024, ABC News)
The prospect of a full-scale war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia terrifies people on both sides of the border, but some see it as an inevitable fallout from Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.
Azerbaijan President Aliyev heads for landslide re-election win - exit poll (February 8, 2024, Reuters)
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev was on course for a landslide re-election win, an exit poll showed on Wednesday, in a vote he called early after recapturing the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia and a crackdown on the media.
Two Chinese fishermen have drowned while being chased by the Taiwanese coastguard off Taiwan's northernmost Kinmen archipelago. Taipei said the fishing boat trespassed into Taiwanese waters on Wednesday. The four fishermen on board resisted an inspection and the boat capsized when authorities gave chase.
After over two years of negotiations, China recognised Bilal Karimi, a former Taliban spokesman, as an official envoy to Beijing, making Xi’s government the first in the world to do so since the group seized power in Afghanistan in 2021.