Clinton backs TPP foes, complicating Obama push

Jun 16, 2015

Clinton backs TPP foes, complicating Obama push

Hillary Rodham Clinton complicated President Barack Obama’s quest for fast-track authority on his Pacific Rim trade pact Monday by throwing her support behind fellow Democrats who revolted against the measure last week, while the U.S. Congress further delayed action on related legislation. Clinton’s criticism ...

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Prodemocracy campaigners took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday, but in far smaller numbers than expected, before a vote on a political reform package that has divided the city and sparked mass protests. The controversial electoral road map, which lays out how Hong ...

Jun 8, 2015

Leader of major yakuza gang arrested over vote-buying in Chiba

The leader of a major crime syndicate is under arrest on suspicion of entertaining voters in connection with the Chiba Prefectural Assembly election, police said. Isao Seki, the 69-year-old chairman of the Sumiyoshi-kai and a resident of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and two others allegedly ...

Erdogan's ruling party loses majority, faces coalition option

Jun 8, 2015

Erdogan's ruling party loses majority, faces coalition option

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s legislative elections, dealing a severe blow to strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition to expand his powers. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the biggest share of the vote in the closely-fought elections, ...

Jun 5, 2015

Erdogan the conqueror

by Marc Champion

For Turkey's weakened democratic institutions to survive, and for it to remain delicately balanced between East and West, the Kurds and their new friends need to do well in Sunday's elections.