AMMAN - Some of the world's richest countries are struggling to make ends meet as energy prices continue to fall. Some analysts think oil production might still be profitable at $40 a barrel, but they say that none of the Arab states, except Qatar, likely could balance their budgets at this level. … [Read more...] about Even Wealthy Gulf Countries Hit by Falling Oil Prices, Continuing COVID Crisis
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“I get a big sense of achievement from paring these couples because I also came here alone and know (the suffering) of other refugees,” said Kim Hae-rin, who runs a match-making agency in Seoul. “I also think I’m creating small inter-Korean unifications.” … [Read more...] about North-South Korean couples try to bridge 75-year division
Awards, too, will play a role once again, many chefs said; there are still long-term benefits to getting a Michelin star. At a time when restaurants are closing, some said, a star could help an employee find a new job once the industry returns to normal. And since the Michelin guide is already on its way to being published, it should be released to the public even if the dining world has changed, many chefs added. … [Read more...] about SF had the country’s premier fine dining scene. Do Michelin stars matter now?
General Abrams, speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in an interview streamed online, asserted that the negative effects of international sanctions on North Korea’s economy had increased significantly since the outbreak began. Rather than attempting to continue illegal trade with China — once described as North Korea’s “only game in town” economically — and other rogue states to combat the effects of the outbreak, North Korean officials began actively fighting smuggling from China to prevent uncontrolled contact with Chinese nationals, Abrams said. … [Read more...] about U.S. Commander: North Korea Issued Order to Kill China Smugglers to Block Coronavirus
Manila need not worry about losing the support of either side, he said. China wants stronger relations in Southeast Asia, he said, while the U.S. hopes to keep its military toehold. Neither superpower has cut ties with a smaller country over strong ties with the other. … [Read more...] about China or US ? Philippines Foreign Policy Plays Both Sides