Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is facing a crisis in his cabinet.
Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday (Sep 3) in a bid to re-energise his economic and security agenda after once stellar approval ratings began to wane."
President Barry Obama's sector sanctions against Russia have caused the Germany economy to plunge into a downward spiral.
According to Russia Today, "Growth in Germany contracted 0.2 percent in the second quarter, the first fall in over a year, stoking worries Europe’s biggest economy is slowing down, as the Ukraine crisis and weaker trade drag down what was once a glowing model for the rest of Europe."
BEIJING: The British Parliament is planning to move ahead on a study to prove that democracy in Hong Kong is limited. Therefore, the UK Foreign Affairs committee chairman Sir Richard Ottaway contends that this would be a breach of the 1984 handover agreement, which granted Hong Kong sovereignty from the UK to mainland China.
The BBC News reports that, "But he said if it was true that a Chinese committee was nominating a "limited number of candidates" for an election, there did appear to be a "prima facie case" that China had breached the undertakings it gave in the 1984 handover agreement."
President Barry Obama is the first African-American to be elected as the U.S. President. Nevertheless, many White Democrat Party candidates are refusing to meet Obama on the mid-term elections campaign trail.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In addition to a Milwaukee visit on Monday, President Barack Obama will return to Wisconsin before Nov. 4 to campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke, a party spokesman said Thursday. The announcement made to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came swiftly after Republicans criticized Burke for saying she couldn't appear with Obama during his Labor Day visit to Milwaukee because it was an official stop, not a campaign event."
In a press release sent to the Dallas Blog, U.S. Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) from the Bronx is calling for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to play a leading role on immigration reform. In an odd twist, the Democrat Congressman failed to mention that Obama should be a "leader" on this issue.
The Serrano press release reports that, "The Bronx, NY —Today, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) released the following statement in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s remarks on the Bronx this past Saturday at the Americans For Prosperity's Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas, Texas."
BEIJING: China and Russia have launched construction of a major natural gas pipeline that would meet Beijing's energy needs.
China Radio International reports that, "China and Russia have launched the construction of a joint natural gas pipeline in eastern Siberia. This is part of a gas contract signed between the two countries."
Hyper-sensitive New Yorkers are crying over Sen. Ted Cruz's comments about the Bronx. Cruz said that illegal immigrants crossing the Southern border into Texas is similar to residents from the Bronx crossing into Manhattan.
According to New York magazine, "If Ted Cruz had any supporters in the Bronx, he has certainly lost them now. During a Saturday speech at something called the Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit, Cruz used a dig at the borough to criticize New York Senator Chuck Schumer's position on immigration reform. "Now, I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it's a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande," said the Texas tea partier, whose knowledge of the area is probably entirely based on a single late-night viewing of Fort Apache, the Bronx."
The ALS Association has raised over $100 million in donations from the so-called "ice bucket challenge." Donors intended to give money to help find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. Nonetheless, ALS spends more on marketing campaigns than for research activities. Additionally, a team of senior executives earn six-figure incomes.
NewsMax reports that, "The "ice bucket challenge" to raise support for ALS research has gone viral in recent weeks, drawing celebrities, everyday people and even cartoon character . But critics are now saying only a fraction of the money raised is actually going toward research. The ALS Association was founded in 1985 to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig’s Disease." So far, almost $100 million has been raised through the ice bucket challenge."
Nobel Economics prize winner Paul Krugman claims that the French economic recession model is the correct method to lead the global economy.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "How does France fit into this picture? News reports consistently portray the French economy as a dysfunctional mess, crippled by high taxes and government regulation. So it comes as something of a shock when you look at the actual numbers, which don't match that story at all. France hasn't done well since 2008 - in particular, it has lagged Germany - but its overall GDP growth has been much better than the European average, beating not only the troubled economies of southern Europe but creditor nations like the Netherlands. French job performance isn't bad. In fact, prime-aged adults are more likely to be employed in France than in the United States."
President Barry Obama is calling Militant Muslims in the Middle East nothing more than Junior Varsity-league Islamists, but those jihadists have already seized control of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago."