JOHANNESBURG – The music decks and end-of-year office parties fell silent across South Africa on Thursday when President Jacob Zuma delivered the news nobody wanted to hear: Beloved anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela had died. JOHANNESBURG – The music decks and end-of-year office parties fell silent across South Africa on Thursday when President Jacob Zuma delivered the news nobody wanted to hear: Beloved anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela had died. From sweaty nightclubs in the sprawling township of Soweto to the heart of Johannesburg's Sandton financial district, DJs hit the pause button as party-goers stood in stunned silence to listen to Zuma's nationally televised address. For most, the passing of South Africa's first black president was an unforgettable moment in history. "As soon as we saw Zuma on TV, the music stopped and everyone rushed to watch the TV, to listen to what was happening," said 19-year-old school leaver Lesego Tsimo outside a Soweto nightclub. … [Read more...] about Stunned South Africa falls silent at Mandela’s passing
In the capital city of Havana, Cubans from every generation chanted the name of their beloved leader while observing the passing convoy. Each held a Cuban flag, the flag of the July 26 Movement (the day of the attack on the Moncada Barracks led by General Commander Fidel Castro), a photograph of the beloved president, or simply just a piece of paper with the message “Long live Fidel!” or “To the completed victory, Commander Fidel!", to express their grief at the departure of the island nation’s outstanding leader. The funeral procession carrying leader Fidel’s ashes is making a journey from November 30 to December 4, recreating the journey to independence, called "the Caravan of Liberty", during the uprising led by former army commander Fidel Castro in 1959. The convoy will travel through 13 Cuban provinces in four days to bring the revolutionary leader to his final resting at Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. Cuba's … [Read more...] about Cuban people mourn leader Fidel Castro’s passing
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a controversial currency bill which threatens to punish China for so-called "currency manipulation" with retaliatory tariffs, despite strong opposition from China and many U.S. business groups. Video grab of C-SPAN shows the U.S. Senate passed the currency bill in Washington, the United States, Oct. 11, 2011. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a controversial currency bill which threatens to punish China for so-called "currency manipulation" with retaliatory tariffs, despite strong opposition from China and many U.S. business groups. The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act was passed in a vote of 63-35 at the Senate. (Xinhua Photo) The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act, sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer, Sherrod Brown and other Democratic and Republican Senators, was passed in a vote of 63-35 at the Senate. The bill is especially directed at China's currency, the yuan, which the U.S. claimed is undervalued to make Chinese … [Read more...] about U.S. Senate passes controversial currency bill amid China’s strong opposition
VN looks to deepen ties with U.S. Tu Hoang By Tu Hoang - The Saigon Times Daily U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) is greeted by Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the Party’s head office in Hanoi on August 7, 2015 - PHOTO: REUTERS HANOI - Leaders of Vietnam reiterated the nation’s strong willingness to strengthen comprehensive partnership with the United States at their separate talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi last Friday. The meetings took place during Kerry’s second visit to Vietnam in his capacity as U.S. Secretary of State to attend an event entitled “Advancing Prosperity: Twenty Years of U.S.-Vietnam Development Cooperation.” The event highlighted the key achievements the two nations have made since the normalization of the diplomatic relations in 1995 and outline the agenda for future cooperation. Speaking at his meeting with Kerry, Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong … [Read more...] about VN looks to deepen ties with U.S.
(VOVworld) - Japan's Lower House on Thursday approved a controversial security bill which allows for considerable changes to the country’s defense policy. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd R) and his cabinet members react after the passing of controversial security bills during a lower house session at the parliament in Tokyo, July 16, 2015. (AFP photo) The changes would allow Japanese troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government affirmed that the changes are crucial to confronting new security challenges. If it’s passed by the National Diet of Japan, the bill will realize the historical decision that Abe's cabinet made a year ago, under which Tokyo will reinterpret the constitution and allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense or help to defend others such as the US and its allies even if Japan itself is not attacked. … [Read more...] about Japan’s Lower House passes security bill