Little attention has been given to one spectacular story out of China these days: the massive numbers of Chinese tourists who are spreading out around the globe. And the rest of the world finds itself overwhelmed and largely unprepared for the growing onslaught of happy Chinese masses eager to spend and explore.
North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch was a “dangerous declaration of war.”
The U.N. humanitarian agency says an estimated 120,000 people are trapped in a northern rural area of Homs, Syria, with no access to new supplies amid blistering airstrikes by government and allied forces.
China’s military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months.
The late Hugo Chavez kept his “Bolivarian Revolution” alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela’s traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren’t buying the old formula anymore under Chavez’s handpicked successor.
Aftershocks from North Korea’s satellite launch over the weekend continued to reverberate on both sides of Pacific on Wednesday, as South Korea pulled the plug on a high-profile joint venture with Pyongyang, the U.S. and Japan moved ahead on new economic sanctions on the North and China faced increasing pressure to rein in its rogue ally.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
President Obama’s attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its terrorism and weapons plans.
A top North Korean military general was executed this month on corruption and other charges, according to a South Korean news report Wednesday, sparking speculation that ruler Kim Jong-un may have deemed the official as an internal threat to his grip on power in Pyongyang.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish PYD rebels, accusing Washington of creating a “pool of blood” in the region for failing to recognize the groups as terrorists.