Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

Apr 26, 2015

Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

by Jack Chang

All around Chow Tak-yee’s neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she’s always called home. The children of mainland families now fill her neighborhood’s best schools, and ...

Apr 25, 2015

Eight women finish first week of grueling U.S. Army Ranger test

Eight women have successfully made it through the initial round of the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger School course, as commanders weigh allowing female troops to join the ranks of the elite corps, officials said Friday. The results of the first week of the Ranger ...

Apr 22, 2015

British court hears 1948 Malaya village massacre case

Relatives of 24 rubber-plantation workers killed in Malaysia in 1948 by British troops will press their decades-old demand for a public inquiry in Britain’s highest court on Wednesday, lawyers said. The December 12, 1948 incident, dubbed the Batang Kali massacre, occurred during the so-called ...

Apr 22, 2015

Seoul leans toward allowing group of women to cross DMZ

South Korea said Wednesday that it is positively considering supporting a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem in what is planned as a call for the reunification of the two countries. The government plans ...

Apr 22, 2015

N.Y. judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons'

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ...

Filipinos abroad falling  prey to global drug gangs

Apr 22, 2015

Filipinos abroad falling prey to global drug gangs

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out. Echoing horror stories told by hundreds of other Filipinos in ...

PBS probes slave-owning issue as Affleck expresses regret

Apr 22, 2015

PBS probes slave-owning issue as Affleck expresses regret

PBS is conducting an internal review following revelations that producers of “Finding Your Roots” may have violated the network’s editorial standards after a request by Ben Affleck that the program not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor. Meanwhile, Affleck has expressed regret for seeking ...

Apr 21, 2015

China considers using lay judges in some trials

China will appoint citizens to help judges decide some local court cases, in the Communist Party’s broadest yet experiment with jury trials. The nation’s highest court has submitted a legislative proposal to create “people’s juries” in 50 courts across 10 provinces, the official Xinhua ...