Obama Marks U. S. National Day at Milan Expo

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia | Jul 5, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama has marked the National Day of the United States at the Universal Exhibition in Milan with a video message. "Hello and congratulations to Milan Expo 2015," the president said on the special day organised on the occasion of July 4, U.S. Independence Day.

‘Sop Buntut’, Dialogue at Min’s Place

Jakarta Post, The | Jul 5, 2015

On an annual mission abroad in the Netherlands, for the first time a government delegation under the Communications and Information Ministry visited the home of a survivor and former exile of the 1960s violence.

Dining with Darius

Cairo Review of Global Affairs | Jul 5, 2015

For more than two thousand years, from circa 550 BC to 1700 AD, Persian high cuisine was as important to the politics of Eurasian states as French gastronomy would become to international diplomacy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Japan Pledges $6 BN to Mekong Nations as China Prepares New Bank

Financial Express, The | Jul 4, 2015

Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters.

Under Obama U.S. More Popular Abroad

Lobe Log | Jul 4, 2015

The Republican/neocon narrative that the United States has steadily lost its standing in the eyes of the world since Obama succeeded George W. Bush has been rather strongly undermined by the findings of a major new survey of 40 countries by the Pew Research Center and its Global Attitudes Project.

Putin Tells Obama He Wants Dialogue Based on Equality and Respect

Reuters | Jul 4, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day. Putin said U.S.-Russian relations remained important for solving global crises. The two countries have disagreements over the conflict in Ukraine, defense matters and democracy.

The Amazing Story of a Tsunami Survivor Who Turned into a Soccer Star

Washington Post, The | Jul 4, 2015

Moved by the child's plight, Portugal's soccer federation donated some 40,000 euros to build Martunis and his surviving family a new house. Cristiano Ronaldo, now a global superstar but then still a rising talent, paid Martunis a visit in 2005 and met him a few instances thereafter.

The Arts Power On

Straits Times, The | Jul 4, 2015

From 'cultural desert' to a city with 66 arts performances a day, Singapore has come a long way. A week of half-price tickets for local shows sponsored by companies could help bring the arts closer to average families.

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