Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Apr 21, 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s prodemocracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule. The veteran campaigner — whose near ...

China domestic tourist boom puts minorities on display

Apr 21, 2014

China domestic tourist boom puts minorities on display

Marching in dragon dances, cheering on buffalo fights, singing folk songs with villagers, an enamoured traveler ticked off the sights during a three-week tour of Chinese ethnic minority festivals. The man — who flew across the country to southwestern Guizhou province to see the ...

U.S. militias await next call to arms

| Apr 19, 2014

U.S. militias await next call to arms

Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada ...

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

Apr 16, 2014

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terrorist threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been ...

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

Apr 13, 2014

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

U.S. officials ended a standoff with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert Saturday, calling off the government’s roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them. The dispute ...

Apr 12, 2014

Top China activist defiant in court

A top Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced Beijing’s high court as “absurd” Friday as it upheld his prison sentence for supporting anti-graft protests, his lawyer said. Xu Zhiyong, 40, was sentenced to four years in prison in January for backing demonstrations in which a ...

Rwanda marks 20 years since '94 genocide when 1 million were killed

Apr 8, 2014

Rwanda marks 20 years since '94 genocide when 1 million were killed

Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority. Bloodcurdling screams and sorrowful wails resounded throughout a packed ...

Apr 5, 2014

Biden meets H.K. democracy activists

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Friday for democratic rule in Hong Kong as he met with two outspoken activists from the semiautonomous Chinese metropolis. In an unusually high sign of support, the Obama administration said Biden stopped by for talks at the White ...

Apr 5, 2014

Organ-harvesting claims to EU court

Plans are underway for a European Union-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, officials say. The move stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty ...