Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

Oct 20, 2014

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

A controversial plan to make Muslim women wearing the face-covering veil sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia’s Parliament House because of security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry. On October 2, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry decided that ...

Oct 20, 2014

Low expectations as China's ruling Communists ponder legal reforms

Leaders of China’s ruling Communist Party opened a highly-anticipated meeting Monday to discuss how to rule the country in accordance with law. That has fed hopes that the party might move to respect the letter and spirit of the constitution, but some legal experts ...

Hopes to end deadlock in Hong Kong hang on Tuesday talks

Oct 20, 2014

Hopes to end deadlock in Hong Kong hang on Tuesday talks

A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police. Dozens of people were reportedly injured in two nights of clashes that ...

Oct 16, 2014

China blocks BBC website as Hong Kong tensions rise

Chinese censors have blocked the website of Britain’s national broadcaster, the BBC said in a statement late on Wednesday, as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police. The broadcaster said that the move seemed to be “deliberate censorship.” It did not ...

Police actions in Hong Kong protests spark outrage

Oct 16, 2014

Police actions in Hong Kong protests spark outrage

Riot police moving against activists sparked outrage after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester and dragging dozens of others away Wednesday in the worst violence against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since they began more than two weeks ago. Clashes that erupted ...