Democracy hopes crushed in Chinese village

Jul 4, 2016

Democracy hopes crushed in Chinese village

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Hopes for democracy in the Chinese village of Wukan, where an uprising against corruption five years ago gained global notice and led to direct village elections, have all but evaporated, with protest leaders either in detention, in exile, facing arrest or quitting their posts. ...

Malaysian opposition leader charged with corruption

Jun 30, 2016

Malaysian opposition leader charged with corruption

A vocal critic of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption on Thursday in a further blow to the divided opposition, which alleged that the case was politically motivated. Lim Guan Eng, who has repeatedly demanded that Najib explain a massive financial ...

Jun 14, 2016

Leading Chinese provincial official apparently kills himself

A leading official in China’s southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province apparently took his own life, state media said Tuesday, underscoring the extreme pressure some local leaders are under over job stress and an ongoing crackdown on corruption. Liu Xiaohua apparently hanged himself at ...

Admiral pleads guilty to lying in U.S. bribery probe

Jun 10, 2016

Admiral pleads guilty to lying in U.S. bribery probe

A U.S. Navy admiral on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating a $34 million fraud scheme involving a Malaysian contractor known as “Fat Leonard” — becoming the highest-ranking military official to be taken down in the wide-spanning scandal. It is extremely ...