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Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Jan 24, 2015

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the United Nations from declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ...

Hong Kong arrests pro-democracy leaders

Jan 24, 2015

Hong Kong arrests pro-democracy leaders

The original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” were arrested and released Saturday as the city’s police chief defended the investigation into mass protests, saying it was not “a show.” A number of protest leaders have been arrested and released without charge, with ...

Impeached Thai ex-premier Yingluck says democracy is dead

Jan 24, 2015

Impeached Thai ex-premier Yingluck says democracy is dead

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country is dead after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing ...

Thai ex-leader Yingluck impeached, facing corruption charges

Jan 23, 2015

Thai ex-leader Yingluck impeached, facing corruption charges

Thailand’s junta-stacked parliament voted Friday to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, hours after prosecutors announced plans to indict her for corruption — a double blow that risks reigniting the country’s bitter divisions. The successful impeachment of Yingluck, the kingdom’s first female premier and ...

Jan 23, 2015

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

Tech specialists and companies are reporting that China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook. The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote on its blog that the controls have hit a wide ...