Thai junta chief Prayuth reiterates election in 2017

Aug 9, 2016

Thai junta chief Prayuth reiterates election in 2017

Thailand will hold a general election in 2017, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, seeking to allay concerns his military government might delay plans for a return to democracy, days after the country endorsed a military-backed constitution. Sunday’s referendum was seen as the ...

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

Aug 8, 2016

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

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Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics has divided public opinion in Brazil, where political and economic crises have put the games under scrutiny like never before. But after a seven-year buildup in which everything that could possibly go wrong did, the Olympics ...

China lawyer gets seven years in the third subversion trial this week

Aug 4, 2016

China lawyer gets seven years in the third subversion trial this week

A Chinese lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in the third of a series of subversion trials demonstrating the ruling Communist Party’s determination to shut down independent human rights activists and government critics. The sentence handed down to Zhou Shifeng results ...

Aug 3, 2016

China sentences second rights activist in series of cases

A Chinese legal rights activist was sentenced to 7½ years in prison on subversion charges Wednesday, the second in a series of cases underscoring the ruling Communist Party’s determination to rein in government critics. State broadcaster CCTV said Hu Shigen had pleaded guilty to ...

Aug 2, 2016

Chinese human rights activist gets suspended sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a yearlong case shrouded in secrecy and involving hundreds of Chinese human rights ...

Pokemon mania is taking over Russia, and the Kremlin is nervous

Aug 2, 2016

Pokemon mania is taking over Russia, and the Kremlin is nervous

More than a million people in Moscow are playing “Pokemon Go,” the mobile game that’s dominating download charts in three dozen countries. The number is especially impressive because the game isn’t supposed to be available in Russia. Despite attempts by app developer Niantic Inc. ...

Turkey issues detention warrants for 47 journalists: media

Jul 27, 2016

Turkey issues detention warrants for 47 journalists: media

Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 47 journalists on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN Turk said, the latest step in a widening crackdown following a failed military coup. Police were set to detain the journalists as part of an investigation into U.S.-based Muslim cleric ...