The Japanese government will not recognize China as a market economy, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Monday citing government sources. This decision could become a prologue to a "trade war" between Tokyo and Beijing. Sputnik Japan analyzed the prospects of a possible Chinese response.
A majority of the major European fashion brands fail to publish details of their suppliers, with campaigners saying it "stretches credibility" they are not aware that child laborers in Bangladesh are working in sweatshops over 60 hours a week by the age of 14, Sputnik has been told.
In Arabic, the word 'Ummah' means 'community' and is a historical reference to Muslims worldwide being bound together by ties of the religion. According to a UK-based academic in Islamic studies, "all interpretations of solidarity need proper guidance" as the concept can be turned into "a kind of populist propaganda tool" by those in power.
Despite their reputation as a peace-loving nation, non-violent nation, Norwegians have been found to be much more tolerant to the use of torture than the population in war-torn Yemen.
Sinjar, a city northwest of Mosul, is currently facing a serious crisis associated with the presence of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the area. In November 2015, Peshmerga and other Kurdish forces pushed Daesh away from the territory, after which the PKK set up its base in the city fueling conflict with neighboring Turkey.
Europe is facing an uphill battle trying to properly integrate millions of immigrants while keeping up the multicultural façade at the same time. The hijab issue, which is part and parcel of the migrant debate, has kept passions flared across Europe, including Norway.
US President-elect Donald Trump's "unpredictability" has prompted growing concerns among the US' longstanding allies and partners in both Europe and Asia. However, Beijing remains calm and unwavering regardless of Trump's tough rhetoric toward China.
On the day British MPs debate the government's proposed agenda for new terms of dealing with the European Union post-Brexit, union leaders have warned that there is growing concern among British workers that the UK could become the bargain basement capital of Europe after leaving the EU.
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