Record rainfall in Japan has produced mudslides and flash floods forcing hundreds of thousands to flee and leaving at least 32 dead or missing.
Today’s global picks: another Syrian defection, the U.S. wades into the South China Sea and the decline of the Tetra Pak dynasty.
Today’s picks: the stormy waters of the South China Sea, India faces the fallout from late monsoon rains and a controversial German writer and economist (not surprisingly) speaks his mind
A scathing Japanese parliamentary report investigating the circumstances of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-plant disaster blamed the dangerous incident on collusion between government agencies and Japan’s leading energy company
The countries are military allies but share a fraught history. Now Seoul’s presidential election may be affected by the controversy
The debacle at the Fukushima nuclear plant last year prompted Japan to switch off nuclear power. Now the government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda plans to restart two reactors, much to local and international opposition
High Stakes — The Guardian reports that Germany is weighing up a plan for a eurozone banking union to end the debt crisis, as Spain pleads for an E.U. rescue of its beleaguered banks. “The plan could see vast national debt and …
A Polarized Polity – In a significant development that squarely pits the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt’s old guard, results of the first round of polling in the country’s presidential race reveal that next month’s runoff …
Family Business – The New York Times explores at length how China’s so-called ‘Princeling’ generation — the descendants of Communist Party leaders — use family ties to gain jobs, wealth and influence. “Evidence is mounting…[they] have also amassed vast wealth, often playing central roles in businesses closely entwined with the …