Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

Jun 20, 2015

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was ...

Jun 18, 2015

Hong Kong vetoes China-backed electoral reform proposal

Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition prodemocracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, potentially easing the prospect of fresh mass protests. The vote came earlier than expected, with only 37 of the legislature’s 70 ...

Hong Kong on high alert as new democracy showdown looms

Jun 16, 2015

Hong Kong on high alert as new democracy showdown looms

Hong Kong’s leader warned Tuesday that violence will not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week. Security has been stepped up across the Chinese-ruled city, ...

Jun 16, 2015

Eastern Ukrainians stage rare rally against rebel militants

Several hundred Ukrainians in the country’s war-torn east demanded Monday that pro-Russian insurgents remove scores of rocket launchers from crowded city neighbourhoods and stop provoking return government fire on their homes. The small but unusual demonstration outside the offices of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s ...

Hong Kong arrests bomb-making suspects ahead of electoral reform vote

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong arrests bomb-making suspects ahead of electoral reform vote

Hong Kong police arrested nine people and seized suspected explosives, authorities said Monday as the city went on high alert ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package that sparked widespread protests last year. The overnight raids involving scores of officers ...

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Prodemocracy campaigners took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday, but in far smaller numbers than expected, before a vote on a political reform package that has divided the city and sparked mass protests. The controversial electoral road map, which lays out how Hong ...