October 20, 2014

By Lisa M. Ruth

Ragtag rebels fighting independently of each other with hit-and-run tactics are harassing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They are adding to the chaos and confusion in Syria’s three-year civil war, but they are unlikely to accomplish much with their pinprick tactics against the powerful terrorist army.

Freelance Rebels Hitting ISIS Unlikely to Change Ground War
Smoke rises over Kobani from a U.S. airstrike Monday. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)
Top Fund Guru’s Exit From Pimco Signals Cracks in Bond Market
October 17, 2014

By Peter Warburton and Tom Traill

The closest that the financial world gets to LeBron James switching teams is Bill Gross and his move from the Pacific Investment Management Co. to the Janus Capital Group, purportedly to spend more time managing money and less time managing a behemoth of a company.

Iran Talks, as Critics Warn of Tricks to Save Nuclear Program
October 16, 2014

By James Morrison

The United States and five other world powers are rushing to meet a Nov. 24 deadline to get a deal with Iran to stop its suspected nuclear-weapons program, as critics warn that the brutal theocratic regime will use any diplomatic trick to build an atomic bomb.

ISIS Recruiting Terrorists Across Asia
October 15, 2014

By Alec Weisman

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is recruiting restive Muslims throughout Asia, as the terrorist army expands its global reach beyond the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

 Europe’s Central Banker Backs Shock Therapy for Sick Economy
October 14, 2014

By Brent Eastwood

The European Union is muddling through another year of low growth and high unemployment with tiny Malta and Slovenia as the only countries with an economic pulse. But now Europe’s central bank chief is ready to take a final throw of the dice that reminds some of Japan’s desperate gambit to fix its own financial struggles last year.

 Argentina Erupts Over Contempt Ruling as Debt Deadline Looms
October 13, 2014

By Peter Warburton and Robert Sierra

The Argentine debt crisis took a bizarre twist when President Cristina Fernandez accused the United States of trying to topple her government or assassinate her.

Fernandez’s outburst followed a ruling from a U.S. federal judge who held Argentina in contempt of his earlier ruling that it pay a group of foreign investors the full amount on bonds they bought for pennies on the dollar from the nearly bankrupt South American nation, which continues to default on its financial obligations.

General’s Moves Could Signal New Boss in North Korea
October 10, 2014

By James Morrison

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un missed a key political commemoration Friday, prompting more speculation that the 31-year-old heir to the brutal Kim dynasty who vanished from public sight more than a month ago has been pushed aside or overthrown.

Most Asia watchers remained puzzled by events in secretive, nuclear-armed North Korea. However looking beyond the mystery of the missing dictator, one observer is closely watching the moves of Gen. Hwang Pyong So, who has suddenly stepped into the international spotlight from the shadowy world of North Korea’s byzantine politics.

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