Pro-democracy protest plan splits Hong Kong

Asia Pacific / Politics Nov 29, 2013

Pro-democracy protest plan splits Hong Kong

After a decade of negotiations, sociology professor Chan Kin-man realized the Chinese government was not going to grant Hong Kong genuine democracy — not without a struggle, anyway. So with another academic and a Baptist minister, Chan has threatened to organize a sit-in for democracy ...

With shift to Russia, ex-leader stays in cell

World Nov 27, 2013

With shift to Russia, ex-leader stays in cell

For many in the United States and Europe, Ukraine's future had been bound up with the fate of a former prime minister with halolike braids who was jailed in an act of political retribution. Freeing Yulia Tymoshenko, according to this view, would affirm Ukraine's commitment ...

Leakers, activists find new homes in Berlin

World Nov 27, 2013

Leakers, activists find new homes in Berlin

During the Cold War, Berlin was one of the most spy-ridden cities in the world. Now it's the place where people go to escape government surveillance. An international cadre of privacy advocates is settling in Germany's once-divided capital, saying they feel safer here than they ...

Egyptian protest crackdown begins

World Nov 27, 2013

Egyptian protest crackdown begins

Egyptian police violently disbanded a small protest mounted Tuesday night by activists calling for democracy in central Cairo, arresting dozens of some of the country's best-known rights advocates just two days after the military-appointed interim president signed an acutely restrictive law regulating demonstrations in ...

World | FOCUS Nov 13, 2013

Egypt's secular parties crippled by infighting

by Erin Cunningham

Plagued by infighting, disorganization and disparate ideologies, the non-Islamist parties that backed the July coup against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are struggling to capitalize on the downfall of their chief political foe, four months after the leader and his Muslim Brotherhood backers were ousted ...

World Nov 12, 2013

Artist nails his genitals to Red Square

A Russian performance artist nailed his genitals to the ground in Moscow's Red Square to protest Russia's "police state" as the country marked national police day. A video shows naked Pyotr Pavlensky sitting on Russia's most famous square just outside the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon ...

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

World Oct 20, 2013

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

by Dom Phillips

The night of June 30 was one of intense drama in Rio de Janeiro. Inside the newly refurbished Maracana stadium, still slick with plaster dust, a gladiatorial atmosphere turned to celebration as Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in ...

Femen to take topless protests to United Kingdom

World Oct 20, 2013

Femen to take topless protests to United Kingdom

by Zoe Holman

They started out in Ukraine, established a thriving headquarters in Paris and last year succeeded in ambushing a startled Vladimir Putin during a visit to a German trade fair. Now the controversial activists of Femen, notorious for their topless protests on issues such as ...

Activist Chinese billionaire detained

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Sep 16, 2013

Activist Chinese billionaire detained

Last month, Chinese police invited Wang Gongquan in for a "cup of tea," often a prelude to detention. He had launched a public petition calling for the release of arrested dissident Xu Zhiyong, and the authorities were not amused. But Wang effectively told ...