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Georgia – June 17th, 2014

The June 15 elections have failed to produce a Mayor for Tbilisi. With 50% serving as the amount of total votes needed to secure the position, frontrunner Davit Narmania missed the cut-off by three percentage points. His party, Georgian Dream, fared better than him, proving to gain the majority of seats in local elections. With […]

Azerbaijian – June 17th, 2014

This Monday, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, travelled to Baku to represent the EU in bilateral talks with the Azerbaijani government. While the development of technology and peace talks with Armenia were among topics discussed between the two nations, the subject of energy dominated the talks. Azerbaijani president Aliyev stressed his […]

Turkey – June 18th, 2014

A spokesperson for the AKP, the current party in charge of the Turkish government, announced that the Kurds of Iraq have a right to self-determination. This comes a time when said Kurds have strengthened their own position while the Iraqi government has suffered heavy territorial loses at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

Turkey – June 18th, 2014

Two opposition groups, the Republican People’s Party and Nationalist Movement Party, have announced that they will both back Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the upcoming presidential election. The election is seen as historic, as it will be the first time a president will be determined via popular vote. […]

Bulgaria – June 17th, 2014

For the second time this year, the Bulgarian government has announced that elections will be held several months earlier than scheduled. In March, they were general and now they are parliamentary elections-both spurred by despicable living conditions nation-wide. Though the Socialist Party took control from the right-wing GERB party in March, public opinion polls now […]

Kosovo – June 17th, 2014

Cold War political tactics are very much alive in the former Soviet Bloc as Elvis Pista was shot dead Sunday. Pista was a parliamentary candidate and at the time of his death, it was widely accepted that he held the majority of the votes from the election the week before. Three opposition parties to Pista’s […]

Albania – June 17th, 2014

The Vatican announced has the destination of Pope Francis’ first trip in Europe: Albania. The Pope had wanted to visit a country that had “long suffered the consequences of the ideologies of the past.” It is an interesting yet not surprising choice-under one of Europe’s longest-ruling dictators, 20th century it became the world’s first atheist […]

Russia – June 18th, 2014

Russia’s state-owned natural gas company Gazprom cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday, due to the latter’s failure to deliver an owed $2 billion for past deliveries. The move comes at the same time that pro-Russian rebels are fighting in the eastern part of Ukraine, further complicating the political situation. This shutdown could affect […]

Russia – June 18th, 2014

Despite the condemning and sanctioning it for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, European countries are selling weapon systems to Russia. Due to the 2008 and Euro crises, European policy makers place precedence on creating jobs and boosting exports worth tens of millions of dollars, even if they are being used to modernize Russia’s military despite […]

Russia – June 18th, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko set out a 14-step peace plan to resolve the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine. This came after holding a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The plan calls for a ceasefire by government forces in order to ensure that a productive and speedy dialogue for resolution can occur. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/18/us-ukraine-crisis-putin-idUSKBN0ET0C920140618

North Korea – June 17th, 2014

North Korean state media showed that Kim Jong-un visited a navy submarine unit under the East Sea Fleet Command. He himself boarded a submarine, which is believed to be North Korea’s largest 1800-ton Romeo-class submarine that has operated since the 1960s. Defense Ministry spokeman of South Korea, Kim Min-seok, stated that North Korean submarines are […]

North Korea – June 11th, 2014

North Korea threatens to “ruthlessly punish” anyone involved with a planned UN office in Seoul that documents the human rights abuses in North Korea. After releasing a report of human rights in North Korea in Februrary, the UN decided to set up a field office in Seoul in order to monitor the human rights in […]

South Korea – July 18th, 2014

On Wednesday, President Park Geun-Hye arrived in Kazakhstan, mainly focusing on expanding economic relations between Korea and Kazakhstan. Also, Park has been trying to discuss her “Eurasia initiative” with the leader of Kazakhstan, which calls for building more infrastructure and removing high tariffs between Eurasian nations, which will create a significant large single market that […]

South Korea – June 17th, 2014

The nominee for South Korea’s education minister is suspected of plagiarism by an opposition lawmaker. Nominated by the President Park Geun-hye, Kim Myung-soo, a professor at Korea National University of education, faces the accusation that a major part of his paper published in 2002 overlaps a thesis written by one of his students.  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140617001008

Japan – June 18th, 2014

About 5,000 protesters with anti-war signs held rallies in major cities against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s intention to change the official government interpretation of the Constitution. This reinterpretation will allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. They urged the LDP’s coalition partner New Komeito to stand firm against the approval. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201406180040

Japan – June 17th, 2014

In late May, Japan and North Korea made an agreement that Japan would lift part of the sanctions imposed on North Korea once Pyongyang starts a “comprehensive and full-scale survey of all Japanese” including those abductions and missing Japanese. However, they are still in discussions on how Japan will receive a notice about the launch […]

Japan – July 16th, 2014

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs is afraid of Japan’s re-examination of the 1993 Kono statement, which apologizes to wartime comfort women who were forced to provide sex to Japanese troops during World War II. If the Japanese government makes an announcement that questions the statement, the South Korean government will counter by showing […]

Japan – June 16th, 2014

A co-author of STAP cell papers recanted, which were published by the British science journal Nature. Considering that he could not replicate Obokata’s experiments, the co-author claimed that the cells used in the experiments did not appear to be STAP cells after all and that they may have actually been embryonic stem cells. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/06/16/national/science-health/stap-paper-co-author-recants/#.U6DhZI2Sx16

China – June 18th, 2014

In light of the recent ghostwriter scandal during national college examination, otherwise known as “gaokao,” in China’s Henan Province, the schools and other institutions of education implicated in the scandal have been required by the National Education Authority to comply with all investigations. So far, 127 ghostwriters, most of whom are college students, have been […]

China – June 17th, 2014

The China-based telecommunications firm Huawei forecasts that its newest smartphone, the Ascend P7, will reach sales of 10 million in 12 months. Running on a 4G LTE mobile broadband system, as compared to its predecessor the Ascend P6, the new phone has already sold 1 million units since its launch in May. Huawei, the third […]

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