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South Korea's Park asks prosecutors for more time

Nov 15, 2016

South Korea's Park asks prosecutors for more time

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has asked prosecutors to postpone her questioning over an influence-peddling scandal involving her longtime friend, Park’s defense lawyer said Tuesday. It comes as Moon Jae-in, the front-runner to become South Korea’s next president, said he would run a nationwide ...

China harasses independent candidates for low-level offices

Nov 15, 2016

China harasses independent candidates for low-level offices

Liu Huizhen, a petite, soft-spoken farmer’s daughter who wants to serve her community, might seem an unlikely threat to China’s all-powerful Communist Party. Yet, as Chinese vote Tuesday for low-level representatives, authorities have responded to Liu’s bid as an independent candidate in a southwestern ...

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong on Sunday in support of China’s decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city’s freedoms being under threat. Beijing’s ruling last week preempted a decision by ...