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 ...

Feb 13, 2014

Director pulls Airin film, alleges Osaka censorship

Film director Shingo Ota has pulled his movie about the Airin day-laborer district in the city of Osaka from next month’s Osaka Asian Film Festival after the city requested that he edit some scenes depicting the poverty-stricken area, sources said Wednesday. The movie “Kaihoku” ...

Email depicts effort to shield bin Laden photos

Feb 11, 2014

Email depicts effort to shield bin Laden photos

A newly released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military’s top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder’s corpse or turn them over to the CIA. ...

Jan 31, 2014

Russia's top independent TV targeted

Prosecutors on Thursday opened an inquiry into Russia’s top independent TV station over a poll that asked a question about a sensitive aspect of World War II. The controversy over the Dozhd station reflects the challenges faced by the few media outlets outside the ...