Jun 22, 2015

North Korea to boycott World University Games in South

North Korea has boycotted next month’s World University Games in South Korea in protest at the opening of a U.N. office in Seoul monitoring Pyongyang’s human rights record, organizers said Monday. North Korea had offered to send 75 athletes and 33 officials to the ...

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

Jun 20, 2015

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was ...

Jun 18, 2015

U.S. rights leader asked if she tried to mislead university

A civil rights leader, who has posed for years as a black woman, faced tough questions about her racial identity long before this week’s revelations that she grew up “Caucasian” derailed her career. More than a decade ago, Howard University’s lawyers questioned whether Rachel ...

Jun 18, 2015

Hong Kong vetoes China-backed electoral reform proposal

Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition prodemocracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, potentially easing the prospect of fresh mass protests. The vote came earlier than expected, with only 37 of the legislature’s 70 ...

Definition of race becoming fluid in America

Jun 17, 2015

Definition of race becoming fluid in America

Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black — a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America as the rigid racial structures that have defined most of the country’s history seem, for some, to be softening. Dolezal resigned ...

Jun 16, 2015

Eastern Ukrainians stage rare rally against rebel militants

Several hundred Ukrainians in the country’s war-torn east demanded Monday that pro-Russian insurgents remove scores of rocket launchers from crowded city neighbourhoods and stop provoking return government fire on their homes. The small but unusual demonstration outside the offices of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s ...

Hong Kong arrests bomb-making suspects ahead of electoral reform vote

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong arrests bomb-making suspects ahead of electoral reform vote

Hong Kong police arrested nine people and seized suspected explosives, authorities said Monday as the city went on high alert ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package that sparked widespread protests last year. The overnight raids involving scores of officers ...

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Jun 15, 2015

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Prodemocracy campaigners took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday, but in far smaller numbers than expected, before a vote on a political reform package that has divided the city and sparked mass protests. The controversial electoral road map, which lays out how Hong ...