Jan 18, 2017

China's top judge calls judicial independence an 'erroneous Western ideal'

China’s top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an “erroneous Western ideal,” a statement seemingly aimed at emphasizing the ruling Communist Party’s ultimate control over all areas of public life. Zhou Qiang, the head ...

Jan 18, 2017

Russia extends residence permit for Snowden

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a post on Facebook late on Tuesday that Snowden’s residence permit has ...

Jan 18, 2017

Philippine police murdered South Korean businessman, Seoul says

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday. The killing is the latest in a long series of criminal acts by members of the ...