The New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as "One Belt, One Road", would accelerate China's urbanization by offering more opportunities for international exchange, argued a Chinese scholar at a Washington think tank.
Prominent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he accepted nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
Lawmakers in the central states of Arkansas and Indiana passed legislation Thursday that they hoped would quiet the uproar over new religious objections laws that opponents say are designed to offer a legal defense for anti-gay discrimination.
Bernd Reckmann, member of the executive board of Merck KGaA, says China's "New Normal" will bring about big impact to foreign companies, but it will not stop Merck from further investing in the country. Reckmann is also CEO of Merck's Life Science & Performance Materials division.