A forecast double-digit jump in spending by Chinese pet owners on their furry companions this year has been met with disbelief and even hostility on Chinese social media, with the world's second-biggest economy expected to further cool.
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has broken his silence over an anti-Semitism row affecting his party, saying he would not accept changing the party’s new code on anti-Semitism as it would violate the right of many Jews who are critical of Zionism and the loath the Israeli regime.
Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has finally left a taxpayer-funded home amid public criticism that he was making money by staying in the mansion while renting his own property in London.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the Iranian people are completely free to express their criticism of the government or stage protests according to the Constitution and citizenship rights, and in a way that would lead to the improvement of the country's conditions.
With Iranian-Americans abroad unable to send money directly to Iran to aid those affected by this week's powerful earthquake that killed over 430 people, criticism of US sanctions on Iran flared up anew on Thursday.
Egyptian authorities have summoned the ambassadors of several Western governments after they criticized the arrest of a rights lawyer who was investigating the suspicious death of an Italian student last year.
US President Donald Trump has proposed the biggest US tax overhaul in three decades, prompting criticism that the plan benefits corporations and the wealthy and could add trillions of dollars to the budget deficit.
President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, fighting a storm of criticism that the ouster was aimed at blunting an agency probe into his presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to sway the 2016 election.