The mid-term elections in the Philippines took place on 13 May; 18,000 government official positions were elected including 12 senators, all 229 members of the House of Representatives, 880 provincial governors and vice provincial governors and 58 Party-list Representatives among other local seats.
The atmosphere in Pakistan leading up to the general election on 11 May was filled with optimism and much speculation despite the pockets of violence and assassination attempts by the Pakistani Taliban.
As the European Community strategic paper 2007-2013 for Mongolia outlines, ‘Mongolia has repeatedly expressed interest in upgrading its relations with the EU and in going beyond the current focus on traditional development cooperation.’
The EU-Japan trade negotiations that were initially launched by an impromptu two-hour international telephone call several weeks earlier, began in earnest during a week-long session in Brussels in mid-April.
Iceland and China have signed a free trade agreement on 15 April 2013 making Iceland the first developed European state to sign a free trade agreement with China, after six years of negotiation. The agreement, which aims to remove most trade tariffs, was signed by trade officials in Beijing during a stave visit by Prime Minsiter Johanna Sigurdardottir of Iceland.
India and the EU this week sought to maintain their recent momentum in long-running negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), when Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma passed through Brussels on 15 April.
Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula after North Korea announced on Tuesday 26 March that its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units had been ordered to adopt a ‘combat posture’, ready to target and strike South Korea and US bases in Guam
After the latest nuclear tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in December 2012 and February 2013, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour for a joint motion for a resolution ‘on nuclear threats and human rights in North Korea’ in it
Exactly two years have passed since the North-East part of Japan was wrecked by the most powerful earthquake in recorded history which triggered numerous waves that surged through local towns and villages.
Violence in Bangladesh is threatening to spiral out of control after Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, the vice-president of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party, was sentenced to death by hanging last Thursday by a domestic war crimes tribunal for alleged crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
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