Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Apr 21, 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s prodemocracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule. The veteran campaigner — whose near ...

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Apr 4, 2014

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Turkey’s telecommunications authority lifted a 2-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office said. Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local ...

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Mar 28, 2014

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey’s technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block ...

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

Mar 25, 2014

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

The United States noted Monday that the number of online tweets posted in Turkey has risen since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service. Turkey’s telecommunications authority blocked local access to the U.S. social network Thursday under orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after ...

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

Mar 11, 2014

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a school that tried to ban students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school ...

Muckraking Hong Kong editor in critical condition after cleaver attack

Feb 26, 2014

Muckraking Hong Kong editor in critical condition after cleaver attack

The former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose ouster triggered protests over press freedoms and Beijing’s influence, is in a critical condition after being attacked with a cleaver, authorities said Wednesday. Kevin Lau, former editor of the liberal Ming Pao newspaper, was hacked ...

Russia convicts eight protesters over 2012 anti-Putin rally

Feb 22, 2014

Russia convicts eight protesters over 2012 anti-Putin rally

A Moscow judge has convicted eight anti-government protesters of rioting during a 2012 protest against then President-elect Vladimir Putin, following a trial seen as part of the Kremlin’s efforts to stifle dissent. The judge pronounced the defendants guilty of a wide range of charges ...

Pussy Riot members released after detainment in Sochi

Feb 18, 2014

Pussy Riot members released after detainment in Sochi

Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained on Tuesday in connection with a theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty. The pair were held for ...