Jan 27, 2015

Panel to check former governor's OK of Futenma transfer

In a bid to block the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within Okinawa, the prefectural government has created a panel to examine the last governor’s approval of the offshore landfill project for the new site. The six-member panel, including lawyers and environmental ...

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

Jan 27, 2015

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

The U.N. said Monday that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency. A senior U.N. official told an emergency Security Council ...

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Jan 26, 2015

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a revolution initially sparked by police brutality. The photos ...

Mass protests occur after Yemen leader quits

Jan 25, 2015

Mass protests occur after Yemen leader quits

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstrations yet against the Houthi group that dominates the country, two days after President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s resignation left the country in political limbo. Houthi gunmen shot and wounded four people ...

Egyptian protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary

Jan 25, 2015

Egyptian protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary

A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare left-wing protest in central Cairo on Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, an official said. Shaima al-Sabbagh, who friends said was 34 and the ...

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 ...

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

Jan 24, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington’s concern over human rights but irritating the island’s communist government. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. ...

Jan 21, 2015

Egypt's el-Sissi says protest rights are secondary to stability

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that those questioning his government over human rights and freedom of expression are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, investment and desperately needed stability. Speaking during festivities to celebrate National Police Day Tuesday, ...