Taiwan does not like garbage and it does not like litterbugs. Through several innovative programs, the island's government is well on its way to eliminating both. With the help of its high-technology experts, Taiwan hopes to become a zero-waste society by 2020. The government says it already has eliminated 65 percent of its garbage and turned waste into recyclable, profitable goods.
OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is not expected to make any big changes in production quotas at a meeting Sunday in Vienna.
European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers say they want to improve the means to fight extremism and anti-semitism in Europe, including a possible ban on Nazi symbols. The move comes one day after Holocaust commemorations and in the wake of a swastika controversy in Britain.
A new report warns of the possible link between AIDS orphans and future terrorists. The report was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
For the first time since World War II, the United States is no longer Japan's biggest trading partner.
While the world economy is expanding rapidly, some economists are concerned the U.S. economy could slow global growth as interest rates rise.
Ukraine's Supreme Court is scheduled to meet Thursday to review another election appeal filed by the losing presidential candidate, Viktor Yanukovych. This will delay the official announcement of winner in the December 26 presidential re-run election.
As the death toll continues to climb in the wake of Sunday's earthquake-triggered tsunami, the world is witnessing the biggest-ever mobilization of international aid for a natural disaster.
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry urged President Bush Thursday to ask other nations to share in the responsibility of rebuilding Iraq as one response to the upsurge in violence there. During a campaign appearance in Wisconsin, Senator Kerry continued his criticism of the president's handling of the situation in Iraq.
Human rights activists held a rally in front of the United Nations in New York on Thursday. They are calling on the world body to support a U.S. draft resolution urging China to allow investigations of reports that it is repressing freedom of expression and religion.