Jan 18, 2017

China's top judge calls judicial independence an 'erroneous Western ideal'

China’s top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an “erroneous Western ideal,” a statement seemingly aimed at emphasizing the ruling Communist Party’s ultimate control over all areas of public life. Zhou Qiang, the head ...

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

Jan 18, 2017

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn’t developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong leadership. Boasting more than ...

Chinese official fired after calling Mao a 'devil'

Jan 17, 2017

Chinese official fired after calling Mao a 'devil'

An official in northern China has been fired after he called the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, a “devil” on social media and called the annual commemoration of Mao’s birthday “the world’s largest cult activity.” Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is ...

Assange agrees to extradition if U.S. releases whistleblower

Jan 13, 2017

Assange agrees to extradition if U.S. releases whistleblower

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be extradited to the United States if President Barack Obama grants clemency to the former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking documents, the company said on Thursday. “If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to ...

Jan 13, 2017

Company that helps police crack phones falls victim to hackers

Cellebrite, a digital forensics firm known for helping law enforcement crack into locked smartphones, has itself fallen victim to hackers. Technology news website Motherboard said Thursday that it had obtained 900 gigabytes of data related to the Israel-based company. It said the trove of ...

Jan 12, 2017

U.S. sanctions North Korean officials for rights abuses

US authorities on Wednesday announced sanctions against North Korean government agencies and senior officials — among them leader Kim Jong Un’s sister — in response to Pyongyang’s “serious” human rights abuses and censorship activities. The latest action, which sees another seven individuals added to ...