Once near defeat, Assad reasserts himself

Jun 3, 2014

Once near defeat, Assad reasserts himself

It was not so long ago that Bashar Assad’s enemies thought he was finished. In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried forces. His government had lost big chunks ...

Thai junta drafts emergency economic measures

Jun 2, 2014

Thai junta drafts emergency economic measures

The military junta running Thailand has drawn up a list of emergency measures such as price caps on fuel and loan guarantees for small firms to kick-start an economy threatened by recession after months of political turmoil. The plans, outlined by Air Chief Marshal ...

EU weighs future after poll shock

May 31, 2014

EU weighs future after poll shock

by Thibauld Malterre

The rise of populist and right-wing parties that made sweeping gains in the European elections points to the need for the EU to reinvent itself, analysts say. The nationalist shock vote on Sunday saw Eurosceptic parties in Britain, France and Denmark emerge as front-runners, ...

Thai junta muting critics with bond of silence

May 29, 2014

Thai junta muting critics with bond of silence

Thailand’s ruling junta has found a new way of controlling its opponents and forcing them into silence: releasing them from custody only on condition they promise not to do anything “provocative.” Those who do face two years in jail. The restrictions were confirmed Wednesday ...

Egypt's el-Sissi sweeps to victory in presidential vote

May 29, 2014

Egypt's el-Sissi sweeps to victory in presidential vote

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military. But a lower than expected turnout figure raised questions about el-Sissi’s ...

EU leaders seek way out of euroskeptic election quagmire

May 28, 2014

EU leaders seek way out of euroskeptic election quagmire

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recurring complaint that the European Union is “too big, too bossy, too interfering” gained traction at an EU summit on Tuesday, after election results that underscored voter apathy and hostility forced government leaders across the bloc to consider profound ...