A recent ad in a leading Hong Kong newspaper likened mainland Chinese to "locusts" stripping Hong Kong bare. The ad is just one example of simmering tensions between locals and mainlanders that persist 15 years after the former British colony reverted to Chinese sovereignty.
The oldest living former major league baseball player lives in Cuba. Conrado "Connie" Marrero pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s. Now blind and unable to walk, Marrero still remembers striking out Joe DiMaggio. And the former pitcher is finally getting a pension.
The military coup in Mali brings back unhappy memories of a time when such overthrows were common in Africa and Latin America. The past two decades have seen stronger democratic institutions in both regions, but the Malian coup is a reminder that such gains can be reversed.
Spain had harsh words for Argentina yesterday over the nationalization of the oil firm YPF. Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner rejected the demands of the Spanish company that held a major stake in YPF for ten billion...
Public transit, schools and hospitals shut down across Portugal Thursday as hundreds of thousands of Portuguese walked off the job to protest austerity measures designed to ward off another EU/IMF bailout.
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