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The Week in Review: Global Sea Levels Could ‘More Than Double’

An “unstoppable ice collapse” in the Antarctic could cause sea levels to rise at an extreme rate by the end of the century, according to new research released this week. The study, published in the Journal Nature on Wednesday, suggests major coastal cities including New York, London and Sydney …

The Week in Review: ‘Panama Papers’ Leak

Eleven million secret documents were made public this week in the biggest data leak in recorded history. The files, from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, expose how some of the world’s wealthiest individuals use tax havens to hide their money.<p>The world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm Mossack …

Nato may deploy thousands of troops in Europe to ward off Russia

US, British and German troops may be deployed in Baltics, eastern and southern Europe in 'back to the future' deterrence<p>British troops could be deployed along Russia’s border with eastern Europe, under Nato plans to deter an incursion by Moscow.<p>Defence ministers meeting in Brussels today will …

South China Sea did not figure in joint patrol talks with India: US

India and the United States have held “informal discussions” on conducting joint naval patrols, according to a United States Defense official, but no …

Attn. Vladimir Putin: U.S. and NATO beef up defenses on Russian border

The new U.S. defense budget includes a request for billions of dollars to defend Europe against Vladimir Putin's Russia, the latest sign of …

What John Kerry won’t ever acknowledge: The U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia is self-destructive — and even crazy

Secretary Kerry says U.S. friendship is as strong “as we ever had,” but Saudi fuels, supports and exports extremism<p>"Folks, we have as solid a relationship, as clear an alliance, and a strong friendship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as we ever had," Secretary of State John Kerry insisted in the …

South Asia

Germany's Merkel says refugees must return home once war is over | News Home | Reuters

NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel …

North Africa

Hong Kong protesters rally to demand release of 'disappeared' booksellers

Thousands have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to call for the release of booksellers that are believed to have been detained by the authorities. …

Hong Kong

London Hedge Fund Omni Sees 15% Yuan Drop, and More in a Crisis

Omni Partners, the $965 million London hedge fund whose wagers against China helped it beat the industry last year, said the yuan may fall 15 percent …

Stock Markets

Not Top Gun yet: China struggles with warplane engine technology | News Home | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China has built a potent military machine over the past 30 years but is struggling to develop advanced engines that would allow its warplanes to match Western fighters in combat, foreign and Chinese industry sources said.<p>Foreign visitors stand next to a model of the J-31 …

China

How China accumulated $28 trillion in debt in such a short time

While no one is panicking just yet, there sure are an increasing number of people — including analysts at UBS and Macquarie— who are talking about <i>when</i> it might be appropriate to <i>consider</i> panicking.<p>To recap, China's total debt is about $28 trillion, larger than that of the United States or …

Economy

China holds key to pressing North Korea on nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomatic engagement has failed to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Sanctions have been tightened with little result. And military force could be catastrophic. So what can the world do to bring Kim Jong Un's renegade government into line? The answer may rest with China.<p>…

China's patience with 'Kim The Fat' wears thin after H-bomb test

Chinese social media users have depicted Kim Jong-un as a dangerous chubby despot<p><b>"Our Neighbour is a nut, a nut with a weapon."</b><p>That's how one irate Chinese social media user responded to North Korea's claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, in a location not too far from the border between the …

North Korea

A Chinese Billionaire Has Gone Missing, And He's Hardly The First

The billionaire founder of a famous Chinese clothing company has disappeared amid an anti-corruption campaign in the country.<p>Zhou Chengjian has been missing since at least Thursday, when clothing company Metersbonwe issued a statement saying it would temporarily stop shares on the Shenzhen Stock …

China

The most brilliant China analyst in the world says the government has a 'new playbook'

So it should come as no surprise that Charlene Chu, an analyst known the world over for making sense of China's complex shadow-banking system, has a grim outlook for the year.<p>Her reports are considered one of Wall Street's most valuable commodities. The latest is ominously titled "Something's Gotta …

Stock Markets

The country that tricked the world

China’s stock market took a breather Friday after plunging this week, pulling global markets down with it. But the financial turbulence rocking China has brought to the surface a deeper fear: That its economy is sinking, and that its downfall will derail the still-fragile economic recovery going on …

Economics

China Is Headed for a Debt Meltdown Like the U.S. in 2008 -- But Worse

World attention has focused in recent months on an acute refugee crisis occasioned by the mass migration to Europe of hundreds of thousands now fleeing the Syrian civil war. Less noticed has been another refugee crisis at least as ominous as that underway in the Middle East and Europe -- the …

Economics

China is going back in time

Charlene Chu at Autonomous Research published a prediction this week that secondary-industry output — think production and construction — could contract in 2016.<p>That would be the first reduction on record since 1978.<p>To recap, China reformed its economic system in 1978 under Deng Xiaoping through …

China

Another Chinese billionaire has disappeared

The founder of fashion label Metersbonwe has gone missing, the latest in a string of high-profile disappearances in China.<p>Metersbonwe reported Thursday that founder Zhou Chengjian could not be located, and asked that its shares be suspended from trading. Local media reported that Zhou, along with …

China

How China accumulated $28 trillion in debt in such a short time

While no one is panicking just yet, there sure are an increasing number of people — including analysts at UBS and Macquarie— who are talking about <i>when</i> it might be appropriate to <i>consider</i> panicking.<p>To recap, China's total debt is about $28 trillion, larger than that of the United States or …

China

China to limit family size for up to 30 years, despite concerns | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will stick to family planning restrictions for up to 30 years, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting concern that limits on the number of children had shrunk the pool of workers needed to support an ageing population.<p>Lv Hongli and her second daughter ride on …

China

China Plans A Floating Nuclear Power Plant

China is working on a floating nuclear power plant that could sail to specific sites and anchor offshore to produce power for various needs.<p>China General Nuclear expects to complete construction of this small modular offshore multi-purpose reactor by 2020, and demonstrate its utility for a variety …

Nuclear Energy

Take the Money and Run in China Property Battle

Holders of Kaisa’s bonds should take up the company’s offer<p>By<p>Anjani Trivedi<p>Anjani Trivedi<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@anjani_trivedi<p>anjani.trivedi@wsj.com<p>In the upside down world of Chinese debt restructurings, here’s an important lesson: Equity may come before debt.<p>Just ask the global hedge …

China

Former Xinjiang party chief jailed for corruption

<b>A former Communist Party chief in China's Xinjiang region has been jailed for 12 years for corruption, state media report.</b><p>Yang Gang was party secretary in the autonomous region's capital, Urumqi, from 1999 to 2006.<p>The Beijing court heard he took 13.79m yuan ($2.10m; £1.5m) in bribes to help others …

China

366 of China's Cities Don't Have Safe Air: Greenpeace

BEIJING — Air quality across China generally improved last year but remains a "major health hazard," according to Greenpeace.<p>A new report ranking 366 of the country's cities in terms of air pollution highlighted that there was still plenty of room for improvement.<p>“None of these 366 cities meet the …

Pollution

Empowering women may be the only way Japan can solve its devastating sex problem

People aren't having enough sex. Consequently, Japan isn't having nearly enough kids.<p>A reported 1,008,000 babies were born in Japan in 2015, while 1,302,000 people died. That's a net loss of almost 300,000 humans.<p>Compare that to Sweden, which is growing and has a high fertility rate for a developed …

Paternity Leave

China's love hotel boom shows nation's changing attitudes to sex

Hundreds of short-stay rooms are opening as entrepreneurs see opportunities with shift in sexual mores<p>Room 204 is the Shakespeare room at Beijing’s Lots of Love Hotel.<p>A plaque on the door reads: “zhongxia ye zhi meng” or “a midsummer night’s dream”. But inside the bedroom’s crimson confines there …

China

Why You Need To Be Worried About This Week’s Terror Attack In Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan -- In the aftermath of a Wednesday terror attack at a university in the northwest, Pakistan is going through familiar motions: remembering the dead; celebrating heroes, like a professor who tried to fight back against armed intruders; debating what the government and military …

Pakistan