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Jan 18, 2017

China's top judge calls judicial independence an 'erroneous Western ideal'

China’s top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an “erroneous Western ideal,” a statement seemingly aimed at emphasizing the ruling Communist Party’s ultimate control over all areas of public life. Zhou Qiang, the head ...

Jan 18, 2017

Philippine police murdered South Korean businessman, Seoul says

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday. The killing is the latest in a long series of criminal acts by members of the ...

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

Jan 18, 2017

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn’t developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong leadership. Boasting more than ...

Jan 18, 2017

China forbids locally issued smog alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country’s air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. The Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus Tuesday to “immediately stop ...

Jan 18, 2017

China to invest $25 billion in Xinjiang roads: China Daily

China plans to invest about 170 billion yuan ($24.81 billion) in roads in the conflict-prone far western region of Xinjiang, the official China Daily reported on Wednesday. Hundreds have died in recent years in unrest in Xinjiang, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants who ...

Chinese official fired after calling Mao a 'devil'

Jan 17, 2017

Chinese official fired after calling Mao a 'devil'

An official in northern China has been fired after he called the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, a “devil” on social media and called the annual commemoration of Mao’s birthday “the world’s largest cult activity.” Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is ...