Explosion Tragedy Was Man-made

This past terrible Tuesday, a bloodied young man as a result of the explosion stopped in a Beirut street to speak to a Western reporter. In that second, he spoke for us all in lamenting his stricken city. “We’re cursed. Even if the explosion was an accident, it is the...

Pressure Utilities Heightens Political Risk — Moody’s

MANILA, Philippines — The pressure exerted by Malacañang on big businesses, particularly on telecommunications providers as well as water concessionaires, may indicate unpredictability as well as weakening political and legal governance in the Philippines, according...

Kidnapping – Chinese Students Are Targets

Kidnapping – Chinese Students are Targets. Recent cases reveal the evolution of a crime that often exploits worry over family members abroad with digital savvy and old-fashioned coercion. Some scammers pretended to be from the Chinese Embassy in Canberra,...

Pirates Kidnap Seven Russian Sailors

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russian sailors from the crew of a ship in the Gulf of Guinea, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria said on Monday. The seven Russians were among 13 crew members pirates abducted from the Curacao Trader 210 miles off the coast of Benin last...

German Arts Advocate Kidnapped in Baghdad

Hella Mewis started an arts center in the Iraqi capital and supported anti-government protesters last fall. It was not clear who abducted her. Kidnappers in two vehicles seized the German arts advocate at dusk on Monday as she was leaving her office near one of...