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Hong Kong police to shut down last pro-democracy protest site

Dec 13, 2014

Hong Kong police to shut down last pro-democracy protest site

Hong Kong police said Saturday that they would clear out the third and final pro-democracy protest camp this week, putting an end to demonstrations that have blocked traffic in the southern Chinese city’s streets for 2½ months. Police spokesman Steve Hui said authorities were ...

Dec 13, 2014

Indian police arrest 'Islamic State jihadi tweeter'

Indian police on Saturday arrested a 24-year-old believed to be the handler of an influential Twitter account supporting the Islamic State militant group, officials said. Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who works for an Indian food conglomerate in the southern city of Bangalore, is alleged to ...

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

Dec 12, 2014

Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage

The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. apologized Friday for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed “nut rage.” Cho Yang-ho made a deep bow before journalists in response to simmering public anger over his daughter’s ...

Defectors speak of North Korea horrors

Dec 12, 2014

Defectors speak of North Korea horrors

When Yeon-Mi Park was 9 years old, she and everyone in her North Korean village were forced to watch in horror the execution of a woman for the crime of watching illegal DVDs, she says. The victim was the mother of one of her ...

Dec 12, 2014

Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to abuse

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday conceded that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children and said clergy should be given “psychosexual” training. In a landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse added ...