Aug 19, 2016

Russia bars McCain's democracy group as security threat

Russia has banned a pro-democracy organization whose chairman is U.S. Sen. John McCain as a threat to national security, a month before the country holds parliamentary elections amid its longest recession in two decades. The International Republican Institute (IRI) poses “a threat to the ...

Aug 17, 2016

North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain reportedly defects

North Korea’s deputy ambassador in London has defected with his family, according to media reports, in what would be one of the highest-profile defections in recent years from the increasingly isolated country. South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that a high-profile diplomat ...

Aug 16, 2016

Philippines' Duterte jacks up budget to fight crime

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a sharp increase in next year’s national budget to fund his controversial war on crime, with security forces to get big pay raises. The political outsider swept to a landslide election victory in May and immediately implemented an ...

Beach clashes lead to third French burqini ban

Aug 16, 2016

Beach clashes lead to third French burqini ban

A mayor on the French island of Corsica on Monday announced the nation’s third ban on burqinis, following weekend clashes allegedly sparked by a row over the full-body Islamic swimsuit. The announcement by the mayor of the village of Sisco follows similar prohibitions in ...

15 Guantanamo detainees sent to UAE in major transfer

Aug 16, 2016

15 Guantanamo detainees sent to UAE in major transfer

Fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration, the Pentagon announced Monday. The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans to the UAE comes amid ...

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Aug 15, 2016

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Deep in the coal heartlands of northern Shanxi province, people in the village of Helin are fighting a losing battle as the ground beneath them crumbles. They are patching up cracks, rebuilding walls and filling in sinkholes caused by decades of coal mining. Around ...

Hong Kong protest leaders avoid prison for 2014 rally

Aug 15, 2016

Hong Kong protest leaders avoid prison for 2014 rally

Three Hong Kong student protest leaders have avoided prison time for leading or encouraging an illegal rally that sparked huge pro-democracy street protests two years ago. On Monday, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced instead to community service. Nineteen-year-old Wong became ...

Canadian leader Trudeau marches in Montreal Pride parade

Aug 15, 2016

Canadian leader Trudeau marches in Montreal Pride parade

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched with thousands of people in Montreal’s annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, his third such appearance of the summer. Large crowds along the parade route greeted the youthful politician, whose popularity is soaring, as he walked through the city’s ...