Chinese 'cyberdissident' takes farmers' land fight online

Mar 15, 2015

Chinese 'cyberdissident' takes farmers' land fight online

He spent years in prison for running one of China’s few websites dedicated to reporting human rights abuses. But now authorities appreciate his coverage, Huang Qi said as his smartphone buzzed with fresh news of injustice. His website, 64 Tianwang, named in part after ...

Maldives' ex-leader Nasheed jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges

Mar 14, 2015

Maldives' ex-leader Nasheed jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges

Former Maldives president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of a terrorism charge, a ruling likely to fuel further unrest in the honeymoon islands. A three-judge criminal court unanimously found Nasheed, the Indian Ocean ...

Egypt rakes billions in Gulf aid, giving boost to el-Sissi

Mar 14, 2015

Egypt rakes billions in Gulf aid, giving boost to el-Sissi

Egypt raked in promises of more than $12 billion in investment and aid from its Gulf Arab allies on Friday, kicking off an international conference aimed at rescuing the country’s gutted economy and giving a political boost to its soldier-turned-president. The three-day gathering in ...

Mar 12, 2015

China to 'refresh' policy on visitors to Hong Kong

The Chinese government will “refresh” its policy on granting entry permits to its citizens wishing to visit the separately administered territory of Hong Kong, a state-run paper said Thursday, amid mounting anger at hordes of mainland shoppers. “We are talking with the Hong Kong ...

Afghanistan's only woman taxi driver steers change

Mar 12, 2015

Afghanistan's only woman taxi driver steers change

Sara Bahai’s decision to become Afghanistan’s only known female taxi driver was motivated less by ideals of equality than by the need to support an extended family — and a love of driving that has confined her conservative detractors to the rear-view mirror. She ...

U.N. campaigners demand a female successor to Ban

Mar 11, 2015

U.N. campaigners demand a female successor to Ban

At a private working lunch for the five most powerful members of the United Nations Security Council, the conversation turned to the question of the next U.N. secretary-general. A European ambassador reminded colleagues of a General Assembly resolution nearly as old as the 70-year ...

Chechnya's leader vows loyalty to Putin amid Nemtsov probe

Mar 11, 2015

Chechnya's leader vows loyalty to Putin amid Nemtsov probe

Chechnya’s strongman on Tuesday reaffirmed an unwavering loyalty to President Vladimir Putin after receiving a medal seen by some as a move to assuage the feisty Chechen leader after one of his officers was arrested as a suspect in the slaying of a Russian ...