Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders shave heads in protest

Sep 10, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders shave heads in protest

To the sound of whirring clippers, Hong Kong democracy activists shaved their heads Tuesday in a symbolic act of protest against China’s increased political control over the city. Dozens of pro-democracy campaigners gathered in a church hall packed with supporters and press for the ...

Sep 10, 2014

China offers hefty rewards for 'terrorism' tips in Xinjiang

China is offering up to 1 million yuan ($160,000) in rewards to “terrorism” informants in its western Xinjiang region, state media said on Tuesday, in the latest policy aimed at getting a handle on unrest there. Authorities in numerous regions and provinces around China ...

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels reach cease-fire deal

Sep 6, 2014

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels reach cease-fire deal

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels reached a cease-fire agreement on Friday, the first step toward ending fighting in eastern Ukraine that has caused the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War ended. The cease-fire deal was struck in the Belarusian capital, ...

Ukraine agrees to 'permanent cease-fire' with Russia

Sep 3, 2014

Ukraine agrees to 'permanent cease-fire' with Russia

Ukraine’s beleaguered President Petro Poroshenko announced on Wednesday that he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin had agreed to a “permanent cease-fire” in the east of the former Soviet country. Poroshenko’s office said the agreement was reached in a telephone exchange that was preceded only a ...

Sep 3, 2014

Russian fund hides names of key U.S. advisers from its website

A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday, making it more difficult to find the names of prominent U.S. and European executives on its ...

NATO: the Russian bear's bugbear

| Sep 3, 2014

NATO: the Russian bear's bugbear

NATO has been a bugbear for the Kremlin, a monstrous threat used to keep Russians in line, but Moscow’s nightmare is now coming true as a new Cold War hangs over Europe, analysts say. At a summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday NATO ...

Islamabad hit by raging protests

Sep 2, 2014

Islamabad hit by raging protests

Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent antigovernment protests that could force the premier of the nuclear-armed country to resign. Sharif again vowed he will not step down under ...

Sep 2, 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested over rare public defiance

Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said Monday. The arrest on Friday has fueled an already unusually bold push by some government supporters ...