Back to reality for Merkel as Europe stalls on refugees BRUSSELS

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts during a news conference after a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2015. Only two of the 11 refugee reception “hotpots” Europe hoped to get up and running this year are working. Less than one percent of the 160,000 migrants it agreed to relocate have been. And a recent drop in arrivals ... Read More »

Syrian negotiator says opposition wants transition without Assad

Former Syrian premier Riad Hijab chairs the first official meeting of the Free National Gathering’s general assembly in Doha March 8, 2013. Syria’s opposition wants a political transition without President Bashar al-Assad, said Riad Hijab, who was chosen by Syrian opposition groups as coordinator of a negotiating body to lead future peace talks. The United States, Russia along with Iran, ... Read More »

Iran’s military chief attacks idea of council to replace supreme leader

People walk under a painting of Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) in Tehran December 6, 2015 The head of Iran’s armed forces on Friday strongly attacked suggestions that Iran’s supreme leader could be succeeded by a council, and warned of “plots” against the country’s unity. Registration opened on Thursday for ... Read More »

Number of refugees entering Europe in 2015 nears 1 million – IOM

Nearly 991,000 refugees and migrants have entered Europe by land and sea so far this year and the number is expected to reach 1 million in the coming days, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. Some 4,300 people arrived on the Greek islands on Wednesday, including 3,000 on Lesbos, meaning that the exodus of people fleeing conflict ... Read More »

World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million – U.N.

A Syrian refugee holding a baby swims towards the Greek island of Lesbos, September 12, 2015. The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday. The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars ... Read More »

Big powers struggle to agree on UN resolution as new Syria talks begin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov are seen seated next to each other before a meeting of Foreign Ministers about the situation in Syria at the Palace Hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York December 18, 2015.   Western powers had hoped the council would rubber-stamp a resolution endorsing a two-year ... Read More »

Thai reporter received 2015 AFP Kate Webb Prize

Thai investigative journalist Mutita Chuachang received yesterday evening December 1, 2015 at the FCCT in Bangkok, the 2015 Kate Webb Prize from Agence France-Presse (AFP) for her independent reporting on human rights including Thailand’s draconian use of the royal defamation law. Mutita is the assistant editor of the non-profit online newspaper Prachatai , where she has worked since 2004. Mutita’s ... Read More »

Private capital marked for education only expected to grow: Parthenon-EY

The world’s supply of quality education isn’t keeping pace with global demand, creating a fruitful environment for private investment, according to a report by investment consultancy Parthenon-EY. Investment activity over the last decade has boomed, with no sign of abating as technological advancements drive growth. A report presented by Parthenon-EY at the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education last ... Read More »

Russia’s Putin orders suspension of free trade zone with Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered his government to suspend Russia’s free trade zone with Ukraine from Jan. 1, making good on Moscow’s threats to Kiev which seeks closer ties with the European Union. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula last year and is accused by Kiev of fomenting a bloody conflict with pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country. ... Read More »

India survey finds “shifting reality” in students’ preferences

A survey of heads of more than 100 secondary schools in India has suggested a new reality is taking shape in the international education priorities of Indian students. Carried out by market intelligence firm M.M Advisory Services, the survey confirms trends for outbound Indian students: the US is the top destination, and engineering and computer science are the most popular ... Read More »