West's first Buddhist mission was in London

Mar 18, 2015

West's first Buddhist mission was in London

by William Hollingworth

Buddhists in Japan — aided by an Irishman — established the religion’s first Western mission in London, according to research by a team of academics in Ireland and Japan. The recent discovery overturns the long-held assumption that the first Buddhist mission in the West ...

Feb 17, 2015

Moscow carries out snap check of paratroopers in western Russia

Russia’s defense ministry started a snap inspection of its paratrooper units in western Russia on Monday, Interfax news agency quoted the ministry press office as saying. Russia has carried out several unannounced military drills since relations with the West deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, ...

Feb 13, 2015

China's war on Western values

by Minxin Pei

The Chinese leadership's fight against liberalism and "Western values" — such as its intensified Internet censorship and the jailing of human rights lawyers — is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and deepen engagement with the outside world.

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Jan 1, 2015

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his New Year’s speech to hail his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula as an achievement that will “forever remain a landmark in the national history.” Putin’s comment in his prerecorded annual address on Wednesday already has been ...

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

The authoritarian leader of Belarus flew into Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting to calm Europe’s volatile eastern edge. But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was just as keen to use the ...