Long known for its freedoms, Hong Kong faces a plan by China to restrict democracy by limiting candidates in the territory's elections. At the same time, China plans more freedom for its consumers and investors. The Communist Party sits on a contradiction.
Most nations help people be free of tobacco addiction. Now the WHO wants a ban on indoor use of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems,' or e-cigarettes, as well as their sale to children. A global meeting in October should endorse such steps.
Africa's frontline health workers against Ebola are nurses. Some have died while many have been ostracized by family or friends. They may find comfort in a new digital archive of Florence Nightingale's writings, freely accessible on the Web.
Last week's gathering of top central bankers reflects how much governments have learned to work together since the Great Recession to prevent 'spillovers' of their economic and financial actions.
Iraq has tapped a new leader who represents a possible inclusive leadership that can heal religious and ethnic divisions, based on unity around constitutional rights.
Maryam Mirzakhani has won the ‘Nobel Prize’ of mathematics to crack another glass ceiling. And she’s not alone.
A Sept. 18 referendum on independence raises questions about diversity and democracy.
Late summer has rewarded sky-watchers with visual wonders. But there’s even more out there to ponder.
To keep ahead of an aging society, Britain now has an 'older workers' champion.' The big task, as more people in advanced nations put off retirement, is to shift attitudes about what is 'old.'
Global progress in seeking justice after mass atrocities gained a step with the first verdict against senior Khmer Rouge leaders.
By encroaching on others' territories, China, Russia, and Islamic terrorist armies challenge the norms of state sovereignty. How should the world respond?
The third war between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza reveals how much each side has little empathy for each other even as they seek empathy from the world for their civilian suffering.
President Obama's summit with African leaders mainly focuses on business ties. Yet the continent's outsized youth population may really determine Africa's future.
Health officials say they must act as much to calm fears of Ebola as to contain the outbreak. Media-driven hysteria about Ebola doesn't help.