Feb 17, 2015

Copenhagen gunman's neighborhood no stranger to strife

Every Dane knows of Norrebro, the Copenhagen neighborhood where police shot dead the gunman suspected of carrying out shocking attacks on a synagogue and a cultural center hosting a free speech event. Once blighted by protests as well as gang warfare, the area is ...

Feb 11, 2015

Australia failing to tackle Aboriginal disadvantage: Abbott

Australia is failing to meet most of its targets to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, as he delivered what he described as a “profoundly disappointing” annual assessment. In his yearly report on “Closing the Gap” between ...

Feb 3, 2015

Greek suicide rise blamed on austerity

Suicides in Greece surged by a third after the country implemented an austerity program in June 2011, health investigators said Monday. After the measures were passed, the number of suicides leapt by 35.7 percent compared to preceding months, they said. The increase was sustained ...

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Feb 3, 2015

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks ...

DPJ leaders confer with French economist Piketty

Jan 31, 2015

DPJ leaders confer with French economist Piketty

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada and other senior members of the top opposition party held a meeting Friday with visiting French economist Thomas Piketty, known for his study on economic inequalities. DPJ policy chief Goshi Hosono told Piketty that Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Tsipras halts privatization, throwing down gauntlet to Greece's creditors

Jan 29, 2015

Tsipras halts privatization, throwing down gauntlet to Greece's creditors

Left-wing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatization plans agreed under the country’s bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. A swift series of announcements signaled the newly installed ...

On Paris terrorist's turf, fears of more attacks ahead

Jan 19, 2015

On Paris terrorist's turf, fears of more attacks ahead

The housing project that was home to Amedy Coulibaly is a concrete labyrinth so scary that doctors refuse to make house calls and mail workers will not deliver parcels. Drug dealers and teenage thugs hold sway over the blighted neighborhood. Even the police venture ...