Hugo Chavez

Blowing raspberries and calling names is what politicians do when they have nothing else to say. When you have substantive alternatives, and you know they are popular, you argue for those. 

If you are a critic of Labour’s new, interventionist electricity policy, there are only two questions I’m really interested in:

Do you think the current system is working? And, if you don’t, what’s your alternative?

Japan accuses China of violating its airspace; South Korean elections begin; Indian state of Gujarat holding key elections; Taliban could govern parts of Afghanistan under new peace deal; concerns for Hugo Chavez's health deepen; and more

Top of the Agenda: East China Sea Air Intrusion Raises Security Concerns

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi gives army power of arrest; North Korea delays rocket launch; Japan's Liberal Democratic Party rules out forming coalition with Democratic Party of Japan; Afghan police chief killed in latest Taliban attack; Hugo Chavez's cancer returns; and more

Top of the Agenda: Egypt's Military Question

Palestinians set to win indirect UN statehood; China considers attending US military drill in the Pacific; South Korea's top nuclear envoy in China to discuss North Korea's missile launch plans; Kosovo's former leader cleared of war crimes; Chavez in Cuba for cancer treatment; and more

Top of the Agenda: Palestinians Set to Win UN Enhanced Status

Turkey forces Syrian passenger plane to land; IMF chief calls on China and Japan to end ther row over East China Sea islands; Chinese writer Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize in literature; Spain's credit rating falls to one level above junk; Venezuela's Chavez chooses new vice president; and more

Top of the Agenda: Turkey Grounds Syrian Jet