Sep 14, 2016

U.S. concerned over Chinese influence-buying in Australia

The U.S. envoy to Canberra has raised concerns about China buying political influence in Australia, following revelations over Beijing’s financial support for influential figures. Political donations from foreign sources have become a highly sensitive issue in Australia, which last week saw the resignation of ...

Malaysia abuzz as old foes Mahathir, Anwar join hands

Sep 6, 2016

Malaysia abuzz as old foes Mahathir, Anwar join hands

Bitter foes Mahathir Mohamad and his estranged protege Anwar Ibrahim met for the first time in 18 years Monday, underscoring shifting political alliances caused by a corruption scandal plaguing Malaysia’s current leader. Mahathir inflamed social media with a show of support at a court ...

Iraq defense minister fired as Mosul battle looms

Aug 26, 2016

Iraq defense minister fired as Mosul battle looms

Iraq’s parliament impeached Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Mosul. Two lawmakers said parliament voted 142-102 to withdraw confidence from al-Obeidi after ...

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

Aug 8, 2016

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

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Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics has divided public opinion in Brazil, where political and economic crises have put the games under scrutiny like never before. But after a seven-year buildup in which everything that could possibly go wrong did, the Olympics ...