Mar 3, 2015

Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users: report

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has heavily monitored the Facebook activities of Iranian members of the social network, state news agency IRNA has said. A report published by the government-run news agency on Monday quoted the Guard’s cyber security division as saying it had tracked ...

Mar 3, 2015

For North Korean defectors, fame brings cash — and suspicion

Kang Myung-do, then son-in-law of North Korea’s premier, made a spectacular claim about Pyongyang’s nuclear capability when he defected to the South over two decades ago, asserting the secretive country had built five atomic bombs. His testimony at a news conference in 1994 came ...

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over pro-democracy protests

Mar 2, 2015

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong prodemocracy lawmakers were arrested and then released Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest step in a widespread investigation that has been accused of seeking to intimidate activists. Police have vowed to investigate the “principal instigators” of ...

Mar 1, 2015

List grows of Putin critics who met violent deaths

Boris Nemtsov joins a string of prominent Kremlin opponents murdered or found dead in unexplained circumstances. They include: Feb. 27, 2015: leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 23:15 on a bridge adjacent to the ...

Prominent Putin critic shot dead near Kremlin

Feb 28, 2015

Prominent Putin critic shot dead near Kremlin

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down near the Kremlin on Saturday, just a day before a planned protest against the government. Russia’s top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible ...

Ukraine war to be Putin's undoing, Khodorkovsky says

Feb 28, 2015

Ukraine war to be Putin's undoing, Khodorkovsky says

Exiled Russian former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky warned Friday that President Vladimir Putin’s policies on the Ukraine conflict will bring Moscow to ruin, much as the Afghan war helped bankrupt the Soviet Union. A year after annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, Russia finds itself isolated and ...

Feb 28, 2015

China drafts law on counterterrorism operations abroad

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counterterrorism missions as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests. Experts said Article 76 of the draft anti-terrorism ...

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Feb 27, 2015

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Nepal’s top court on Thursday said two bodies set up to investigate war crimes committed during the country’s decadelong civil conflict would not be able to grant amnesty for serious rights abuses. Former Maoist rebels and security forces have both been accused of carrying ...