Building collapse reveals North Korea's goals

Aug 17, 2014

Building collapse reveals North Korea's goals

Pyongyang isn’t just any North Korean city. So when a 23-story apartment building under construction collapsed in the center of the showcase capital in May, officials faced a bona fide emergency. Their response was in some ways predictable: a grudgingly slow and piecemeal confirmation, ...

Aug 16, 2014

Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said Friday. The abductions took place last Sunday in Doron Baga in the Kukawa ...

Murdoch's Fox abandons Time Warner takeover bid

Aug 6, 2014

Murdoch's Fox abandons Time Warner takeover bid

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc. on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. The surprise announcement appeared to cut short what many investors had viewed as an ...

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Jul 30, 2014

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name has graced the pages of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper more frequently than any other leader since founding father Mao Zedong, according to researchers. The report by the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project comes amid a much-publicized ...

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

Jul 28, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semi-autonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing’s desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted ...

Murdoch creates 'Sky Europe' pay TV giant in deal with BSkyB

Jul 26, 2014

Murdoch creates 'Sky Europe' pay TV giant in deal with BSkyB

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire 21st Century Fox has struck a mega deal with British satellite television group BSkyB to form a pan-European pay-TV giant, the two companies announced Friday. BSkyB, 39 percent-owned by 21st Century Fox, said it has agreed to buy Fox’s 100 ...

Jul 21, 2014

Sky News issues apology after presenter roots though MH17 bags

British broadcaster Sky News apologized after one of its presenters searched through luggage at the crash site of downed flight MH17 live on air on Sunday. In a news broadcast, presenter Colin Brazier was shown rooting through personal belongings in an opened suitcase at ...

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Jul 21, 2014

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Nigeria’s press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram. After 15 years of democracy, journalists ...

Jul 20, 2014

Snowden seeks to develop anti-surveillance technologies

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday ...

Jul 17, 2014

WikiLeaks founder loses bid to have arrest warrant scrapped

Julian Assange on Wednesday lost a court bid to get an arrest warrant against him scrapped, leaving the WikiLeaks founder marooned in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he sought refuge more than two years ago. The 43-year-old Assange fears extradition to Sweden to face ...