Bridging the Infrastructure Financing Gap in the Asia Pacific Region

Tientip Subhanij and Daniel W. Lin Inter Press Service Infrastructure development is undoubtedly critical for a country’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness as it impacts economic activities by increasing productivity, facilitating trade, and promoting innovation. Across the Asia Pacific region, however, economic growth as well as broader development goals are hindered by a shortage of […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 16

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 16

French and US soldiers gather before launching a counter-assault on Islamist gunmen at the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 16, 2016. (Reuters Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 16 Reuters 1920 – The prohibition era began in the United States when a ban on making and […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 15

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 15

Egyptian workers remove the wreckage of a military train crash in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrashin, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Cairo, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 15 Reuters 1919 – German Communist leader Rosa Luxemburg and her colleague […]

Preventing a New Euro-Missile Race

Daryl G. Kimball Inter Press Service Russia’s 9M729 missile reportedly has been tested using a mobile launcher system similar to that used by the 9K720 Iskander-M pictured here on September 18, 2017. Credit: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. WASHINGTON DC, Jan 9 2019 (IPS) – Next month, it is very likely the Trump […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 14

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 14 Reuters 1923 – Funeral for King Constantine I of Greece. 1953 – Marshal Josip Broz Tito was elected first president of the Republic of Yugoslavia. 1957 – Humphrey Bogart, whose films included “The Maltese Falcon” and “Casablanca”, died; he won an Oscar […]

Today in History: January 11

Today in History: January 11

Hundreds of thousands of French citizens take part in a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris, Jan. 11, 2015. CREDIT: Charles Platiau/Reuters 1928 – The English writer and poet Thomas Hardy, noted for his novels “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, died. 1935 – The American aviator Amelia Earhart […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 09

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 09

Chefs throw their hats in the air in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people throwing chefs hats at the Grand Place in Brussels. Photo: REUTERS/Thierry Roge  Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 9 Reuters 1953 – A South Korean passenger ferry […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 08

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 08

A copy of the book ‘Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition’ is displayed for media prior to a news conference in Munich, Germany. PHOTO: REUTERS Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 8 Reuters 1926 – Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became King of the Hejaz, which he announced would be […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 07

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 07

Gunmen gesture as they return to their car after the attack outside the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo Thomson Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 7 Reuters 1610 – Astronomer Galileo announces discovery of Jupiter. 1927 – Harlem Globetrotters basketball team established. 1932 – The French […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 04

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 04

Visitors look a Dippy the diplodocus at the Natural History Museum in London, Britain January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 4 Reuters 1908 – Mulai Hafid was proclaimed Sultan of Morocco at Fez. 1948 – The British colony of Burma was proclaimed an independent […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 03

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 03

In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), a KSC technician looks over the Mars Polar Lander before its encapsulation inside the backshell, a protective cover. The solar-powered spacecraft, targeted for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Station aboard a Delta II rocket on Jan. 3, 1999, is designed to touch down on the Martian surface […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 31

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 31

The Address Downtown Dubai hotel caught fire hours before the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Dubai. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 31 1946 – U.S. President Harry Truman formally declared an end to all hostilities in World War Two. 1997 – Dow index rises […]

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