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Chinese mistress’s ‘confession’ kicks off Internet furor

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:58AM UTC Pic: AP.

The following purported court statement from an alleged mistress of a former Chinese Communist Party official went viral over the weekend on the Chinese Internet, especially blogs on the biggest Chinese website, sina.com, and various online forums.

Burma papers protest sentencing of reporters

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:57PM UTC A man buys a weekly news journal at a roadside newspaper stand in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Several private newspapers in Burma have printed black front pages to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists. Burma has only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule, and one of the most visible reforms since a new, nominally civilian government came to power in 2011 was a freeing up of the press. But experts warn the media climate has been worsening recently.

Govt-backed Malaysian newspaper crosses line with CIA charges

By Wed, Apr 09, 2014 11:30AM UTC Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak,. Pic: AP.

Utusan Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur-based Malay-language broadsheet newspaper that Sunday accused the CIA of having a hand in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, has a long history of heated invective as the attack dog for its owner, the United Malays National Organization, the country’s biggest political party.

Burma journalist gets jail time for trespassing

By Tue, Apr 08, 2014 3:39PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A Burma court has sentenced a journalist to one year in prison for trespassing and obstructing a civil servant after he interviewed students and shot video inside a government office for a story about a Japanese-funded scholarship program.

As media attention fades, MH370 relatives ‘plan next move’ at Beijing hotel

By Fri, Apr 04, 2014 9:45AM UTC A woman, one of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 sits alone after attending a briefing by Malaysian officials at the Metropark Lido Hotel in Beijing. Pic: AP.

From the outside, the Metropark Lido Hotel looks just like a rather fancy Beijing tourist spot. But for a few weeks now, the Lido has taken on another role aside from its usual function as a base for well-to-do travelers: it is where the relatives of the people who disappeared on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 gather waiting for news of their loved ones.

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