With the release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sharpening of arguments on both sides outline a debate about privacy, corporatism, internet freedom and intellectual property, and even the plight of whistleblowers.
A dozen Pacific Rim nations reportedly reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the secretive, US-orchestrated pact that seeks common standards among its members. Opponents say the deal is more about consolidation of power than "fair trade."
Thousands flooded the streets of Bangladesh demanding justice for a boy who was tortured to death by a mob. The incident, captured on camera, has also raised indignation on the web, with massive support for petitions urging prosecution of the culprits.
A video on YouTube has captured a terrific eruption of Mount Raung, Indonesia, which has already caused delays to hundreds of flights. The volcano has been spewing ash plumes into the air creating a wide lava river worthy of an apocalyptic movie.
A memorial service in honor of the MH17 flight victims has been held in Kuala Lumpur, marking almost a year since the tragedy. The Malaysian PM asked for “the fullest cooperation” internationally in gathering irrefutable evidence against the perpetrators.
Two former pilots for Indonesian airlines were found to have been radicalized by Islamic State after they expressed sympathy for the jihadist group online, while still performing passenger flights, a leaked Australian police report said.
The euro slumped and Asian markets lost ground on Monday, after the majority of Greeks voted against austerity. However, the European currency bounced back on news Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis is resigning.
US negotiators in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks fought on behalf of big drug-making companies, championing intellectual property laws that would protect their profits from competition by generic medications, leaked documents have revealed.