Jul 27, 2015

Amid crackdown, China attempts to dispel foreign NGOs' concerns

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign nongovernment organizations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society. Western governments and foreign nonprofit groups are pressuring China ...

Jul 27, 2015

Some Guantanamo inmates would go to U.S. under new plan: Obama aide

A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military jail will call for the transfer to U.S. prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents. Outlining the White ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...

Jul 25, 2015

Belgium arrests two former Guantanamo inmates on terrorism charges

Belgium has arrested two former detainees at Guantanamo prison on charges of terrorism, saying the men are suspected of seeking recruits to fight in Syria, the federal prosecutor’s office said Friday. The two men, who were held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base ...

U.S. man who spied for Israel could be freed from prison soon

Jul 25, 2015

U.S. man who spied for Israel could be freed from prison soon

Jonathan Pollard, an American who was convicted of spying for Israel in a sensational espionage case that inflamed public sentiment, could be released from federal prison within months, his lawyer and the Justice Department said Friday. Pollard becomes eligible for parole in November, on ...

Jul 23, 2015

Myanmar sentences Chinese nationals to life for illegal logging

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Myanmar after a court in the southeast Asian nation sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging. China’s voracious demand for Myanmar’s raw materials has fueled resentment in Myanmar toward its giant northern neighbor. Regions ...

Jul 23, 2015

More than 200 teachers arrested in Iran during protest, say activists

More than 200 teachers were arrested on Wednesday during a protest outside the parliament in Tehran, an activist group said. The teachers were demanding the release of their colleagues from jail. Authorities launched a crackdown after over 2,000 teachers from across Iran gathered outside ...

Jul 18, 2015

2009 Philippine massacre suspect Ampatuan dies

The patriarch of a warlord clan who is on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre has died, his lawyer said Saturday, days after he slipped into a coma. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and seven other members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are among 100 ...

Video shows drug lord Guzman's daring escape

Jul 15, 2015

Video shows drug lord Guzman's daring escape

Mexico’s government released a video Tuesday showing fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman going into his prison cell’s shower and bending down behind a short dividing wall before disappearing. While Guzman paced back and forth several times between the bathroom area and his ...