Feb 19, 2017

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise concerns

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three ...

Feb 15, 2017

Knife-wielding attackers kill five in China's Xinjiang region

Three knife-wielding attackers killed five people and injured another five in China’s region of Xinjiang before police killed the “thugs,” a regional government said, the latest violence on China’s border with Central Asia. The attack took place on Tuesday evening in Pishan County in ...

Feb 8, 2017

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country’s toxic smog in response to rising public anger. The announcement follows instructions from the national Meteorological Administration ...

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

Feb 8, 2017

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

During the release of a documentary on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out — but the film played to half-empty cinemas. There was no indication at the time, but “Diving ...

China seeks to show pope, world its organ program reforms

Feb 7, 2017

China seeks to show pope, world its organ program reforms

China is stepping up its efforts to persuade the international medical community that it has stopped using executed prisoners as organ donors, sending a high-level delegation to a Vatican conference amid continued skepticism that the practice has ended. China’s former vice minister of health, ...