Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Jan 26, 2015

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a revolution initially sparked by police brutality. The photos ...

Hong Kong arrests pro-democracy leaders

Jan 24, 2015

Hong Kong arrests pro-democracy leaders

The original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” were arrested and released Saturday as the city’s police chief defended the investigation into mass protests, saying it was not “a show.” A number of protest leaders have been arrested and released without charge, with ...

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

Jan 24, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington’s concern over human rights but irritating the island’s communist government. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. ...

Jan 23, 2015

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

Tech specialists and companies are reporting that China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook. The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote on its blog that the controls have hit a wide ...

Jan 23, 2015

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of 'CIA torture crimes'

North Korea called on Thursday for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate allegations of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush era that were contained in a recent Senate report. The move, announced by So Se Pyong, ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...