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China barely notes start of Cultural Revolution 50 years ago

May 16, 2016

China barely notes start of Cultural Revolution 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, China embarked on what was formally known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a decade of tumult launched by Mae Zedong to revive communist goals and enforce a radical egalitarianism. The milestone was largely ignored Monday in Chinese media, reflecting continuing ...

May 16, 2016

Chinese tycoon admits $800m fraud in TV confession

The alleged mastermind of a scam that cost Chinese investors hundreds of millions of dollars lived in a penthouse flat featuring peacocks and fountains, reports said Monday after he was paraded on television confessing. Xu Qin, described as the “controller” of Zhongjin Asset Management ...

May 16, 2016

Sri Lanka floods kill eight, leave thousands homeless

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least eight people, including a 10-month-old baby, and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, officials said Monday. The government has deployed troops to evacuate people living on slopes or in flood-hit areas ...

May 16, 2016

Second day of protests over Nepal's new constitution

Supporters of ethnic minority groups demanding changes in Nepal’s new constitution clashed with police Monday and blocked main streets near the prime minister’s office, on a second day of protests. About 500 demonstrators gathered, chanting anti-government slogans and attempting to push through a police ...

May 16, 2016

Philippine Islamist kidnappers set new ransom deadline

Islamist extremists in the Philippines who last month beheaded a Canadian man say they will kill another Western hostage if a multimillion dollar ransom is not paid within four weeks. A video released by Abu Sayyaf — whose leaders have sworn allegiance to the ...

May 16, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses mourn deceased parishioner Prince

Security was tight as mourners packed a Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall on Sunday evening for a memorial for megastar Prince, who worshipped there before he died last month. Traffic cones lined the streets in front of the church in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka ...

May 16, 2016

Malaysia activist outraged at being barred from leaving country

Malaysia’s government faced fresh allegations of trampling on rights Monday after the leader of a massive demonstration last year calling for the premier’s ouster over a graft scandal said she was prevented from going abroad to accept an award. Maria Chin Abdullah, who heads ...