US President Barack Obama is set to touch down in Japan on the first leg of an official visit to Asia. The aim of the trip, which begins today (Wednesday), is to reassure partners about the US’ continuing commitment to the region. But some doubt whether Obama’s words will be paired with action.
The US is having difficulty getting the drugs it needs to kill condemned prisoners ‘humanely’, putting the death penalty under pressure. Some state authorities are alleged to have become increasingly secretive about the type of drugs it uses, putting increased strain on a system which already has a lot of opposition.
Without help from international aid groups, Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar say they are facing a dire nutrition crisis. They say the lack of important food and medicine is directly related to attacks on aid groups in the region.
The Chinese government is considering increasing the retirement age to avoid what could be a demographic time bomb. The current retirement age is 60, but experts say it could soon be raised by five years.
The 40 million poor of Egypt have little interest in the presidential election scheduled for next month, with their conditions deteriorating since the revolution three years ago. The latest UN and national report into social justice says nearly half of all Egyptians live below the poverty line.
A year on from the deadly bombing attack at Boston’s 2013 Marathon, many runners and survivors of the tragedy have gained closure as they completed the course though the city. The event saw heightened security, but most people agree this was a small price to pay to ensure there was no repeat of last year’s attack.
Thailand in on track to become a world leader in solar energy. The country has spent years developing its solar energy industry, helping to preserve the nation’s economy and reducing energy imports from its South East Asia neighbours.
Beijing’s annual automobile show has become an unmissable event for carmakers, with manufacturers including General Motors, Peugeot, Hyundi, and Haima all revealing new models, with China now the world’s largest car market.
Prayers and mourning has taken place in Nepal following the death of thirteen Sherpa guides on Mount Everest. Sherpas are now pondering what to do for the rest of the climbing season, weighing up the recent tragedy with the vital wages the climbing brings.
At least four people have been killed, and fifteen others wounded, after a suicide bomber attacked a private university in Iraq. Gunmen also stormed the Baghdad institution, briefly taking hostages before being killed by security forces.
Colombian author, and literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died aged 87. Regarded as one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language, he was best known for his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude.
An attack has taken place on a UN base in Bor, South Sudan, killing at least 58 people, and injuring 100 more. A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protestors delivering a petition to the UK had forced their way on to the base, which shelters some 5,000 civilians.