Asia Pacific

Samoa to hop west across dateline

South Pacific island nation will move a day forward to bring clocks closer to major trading partners such as Australia.

Europe

World ushers in 2011 with fanfare

Celebrations spread from East to West, with balloons clouding the air in Tokyo and fireworks lighting up London.

Politics

Palestine: recognising the state

International lawyer and author analyses the quality as well quantity of the states that recognise Palestine.

by John V. Whitbeck