Articles by Esther Tran Le
- Netherlands: Court Bans Foreigners Buying Pot In Coffee Shops
April 28 2012 7:17 AM
The Dutch courts have decided to impose a ban preventing foreign tourists from buying marijuana from cafe shops.
- India's Former Opposition Leader Convicted Of Bribery
April 27 2012 3:29 PM
Bangaru Laxman, former chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was found guilt of accepting bribes.
- Palestinian Authority Censors Internet; Minister Quits
April 27 2012 2:29 PM
Palestinian minister, Abu Daqa, stepped down from his position after accusing the Palestinian Authority (PA) of censoring websites criticizing the leadership.
- U.S. Plans To Remove Troops From Okinawa
April 27 2012 10:58 AM
In a joint declaration statement issued Friday, the United States and Japan have agreed to the removal of 9,000 troops from Okinawa island.
- Netanyahu Legalizes More West Bank Settlements In Blow To Peace Talks
April 24 2012 12:07 PM
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the legalization of 3 West Bank outposts, angering Palestinians seeking to put an end to Israeli settlements.
- In French Elections, Le Pen Voters To Make Or Break Hollande
April 24 2012 10:39 AM
Until the second round of French elections, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy will be battling it out for the 17.9 percent of the French public who voted for Marine Le Pen won in the first round.
- Francois Hollande: The Man Who Would Be France's Next President
April 21 2012 7:18 AM
Francois Hollande is France's Socialist candidate for the 2012 French presidential campaign.
- Huge Water Reserves Found Under Africa
April 20 2012 2:44 PM
Researchers from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and University College-London have mapped out the groundwater aquifers resting under the African continent. They found huge reservoirs of water under the northern countries of the African continent.
- Myanmar Seeks Out Japanese Aid To Relieve Debt
April 20 2012 11:07 AM
Myanmar President Thein Stein hopes to achieve a resolution with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda about Myanmar's debt.
- Newspaper Boom In Asia Defies Trends In West
April 17 2012 12:23 PM
Asia is experiencing an increase in newspaper circulation, giving hope to newspaper publications that fear their eclipse in western countries, such as the United States.
- Palestinian Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike In Israel
April 17 2012 10:39 AM
1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have gone on a hunger strike on Tuesday, National Prisoner's Day, to protest Israel's practice of administrative detention and the intolerable treatment in Israeli jails.
- Air Canada Pilots' No-Show Cancels Flights
April 13 2012 4:21 PM
An unusual large number of pilots of Air Canada called in sick on Friday, cancelling and delaying half a hundred flights in Toronto and Montreal.
- Black Widow: Japanese Woman Sentenced To Death For Killing Three Boyfriends
April 13 2012 2:13 PM
A Japanese woman, nicknamed the Black Widow, has been sentenced to death for murdering three former lovers in 2009.
- Guinea-Bissau Victim of Another Coup
April 13 2012 10:42 AM
The military has taken over the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, in a coup d'etat on Thursday, a few weeks before the country's presidential elections.
- China and Philippines in Standoff Over Resource-Rich Islands
April 11 2012 12:54 PM
A naval standoff in the South China Sea is pitting the Philippines against China, and is highlighting how a growing Chinese military presence in the region may create tension in a resource-rich area.
- U.S. Teenage Birth Rates Fall To Historic Lows
April 10 2012 5:23 PM
Teenage birth rates in the United States have fallen by 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, reported the National Center for Health Statistics. They have never been so low since measuring began in 1946.
- Bosnia Commemorates Siege Of Sarajevo As Ethnic Divisions Linger
April 06 2012 6:01 PM
Bosnia-Herzegovina commemorated on Friday the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the longest siege in history: the siege of Sarajevo, which defined the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995.
- The Race Against Time: America vs. China
April 04 2012 12:56 PM
China's rise has unsettled many Westerners, especially Americans who fear Chinese influence could overwhelm that of the U.S. As the U.S. struggles through economic recovery, will China seize its chance to lead the world?
- Mali Unrest: Unesco Fears For Safety Of Timbuktu World Heritage Site
April 03 2012 12:15 PM
Unesco has issued a warning for the safety of Timbuktu since the Tuareg rebels defeat of Malian government authorities in the northern part of the country.
- France Expels Islamic Radicals In Aftermath Of Toulouse Murders
April 03 2012 10:40 AM
On Monday, French Minister of the Interior, Claude Gueant, announced the expulsion of Algerian and Malian imams because they posed a threat to the French public's security.