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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 ...

Jan 18, 2015

Taiwan's embattled ruling party looks to new leader

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly ruling party appointed a new leader on Saturday in the hope of reversing its fortunes after its worst-ever local election setback reflected growing fears over Chinese influence. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) over the election defeat in ...

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

Jan 17, 2015

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said, signaling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus. Ma Jian, a vice minister at the Ministry of ...