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Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

By Thomas J. Bollyky
- via Foreign Affairs    Dec 16, 2017

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fe...

London irked after U.S. leaks details in Manchester attack before U.K. release

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd arrives at Downing Street in central London Wednesday ahead of a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee in response to the Monday terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. The attack on a Manchester pop concert that killed 22 people was 'likely' the work of more than one person, Rudd said Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

Britain’s home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a ...

In a first under Trump, U.S. warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed Mischief Reef

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. A U.S. warship reportedly sailed within 12 nautical miles of the reef this week. | U.S. NAVY / VIA REUTERS

The U.S. Navy has sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea — the first so-called ...

Trump may find rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings amid defense, trade, climate concerns

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Meeting Wednesday (from left) Queen Mathilde of Belgium, U.S. President Donald Trump, King Philippe — Filip of Belgium and first lady Melania Trump pose prior to a reception at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Trump is on a two day visit to Belgium, to attend a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit on Thursday. | BENOIT DOPPAGNE / BELGA / VIA AFP-JIJI

After a warm welcome in the Middle East and a “fantastic” visit with the pope, U.S. President Donald Trump walks on shakier ground on Thursday ...

On the Syrian-Turkey border, Haley confronts civil war’s reality

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley poses at a border gate with Syria in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, in the southern Hatay province, Turkey, Wednesday. | REUTERS

President Donald Trump’s U.N. envoy set foot Wednesday in the no-man’s-land between Syria and Turkey, witnessing the precarious transfer of aid supplies into a seemingly ...

Russians reportedly discussed how to influence Trump via his aides

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Paul Manafort of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's staff listens during a discussion on security at Trump Tower in the New York on Aug. 17. | REUTERS

Senior Russian intelligence and political officials discussed how to influence Donald Trump through his advisers, according to information gathered by American spies last summer, The ...

Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Filipinos fleeing from Marawi wait in gridlocked traffic near a police checkpoint outside the city of Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism after Islamist militants rampaged through a southern ...

Little-known Maute militants becoming formidable force in Philippines

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Isnilon Hapilon was purportedly designated leader of the Islamic State group's Southeast Asia branch in 2016 but has long ties to local extremist movements. | FBI / VIA AP

A Muslim militant group that is tactically smart, savvy with social media and eager to align with the Islamic State has emerged from the glut ...

Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, board a plane bound for Italy at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Thursday. | KYODO

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Italy on Thursday to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with ...

Higher wages for higher corporate profits

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Japan's economy has expanded for the fifth quarter in a row, but until strong corporate earnings translate into higher wages consumer will remain reluctant to ...

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