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Outcry against Natural Fruit case grows as labor activist’s Thailand trial looms

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 2:16PM UTC Andy Hall faces questions at a police station in Bangna, Bangkok last year. Image courtesy of Andy Hall.

The international outcry demanding that charges against activist Andy Hall be dropped are increasing ahead of his trials. Hall faces trials for criminal defamation and charges under the Computer Crimes Act. The defamation trial begins Sept. 2. Thai company Natural Fruit is suing Hall after he went public with his findings after researching the conditions and treatment of migrant workers in Natural Fruit’s factory. Representatives of the Finnish and British embassies are expected to attend the trial.

SKorea: North fires projectile into sea

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 1:54PM UTC SKorea: North fires projectile into sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea has fired another short-range projectile into the sea, the latest in a slew of weapons tests the North has been conducting this year. A Defense Ministry official says the projectile flew about 220 kilometers (135 miles) before landing in waters

Beijing faces open defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 1:27PM UTC Pro-democracy lawmakers display placards against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, during a briefing session in Hong Kong Monday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators have disrupted a Beijing official’s speech as he sought to explain a decision to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.

India’s big fat online wedding

By Sun, Aug 31, 2014 5:36PM UTC An Indian bride laughs as she is taken in a horse driven chariot during a mass wedding. Pic: AP

Proliferating websites guarantee romance    India’s thriving US$83-million online matrimony bazaar welcomed a new member to its club recently – a portal christened The service will cater exclusively to the alumnus of the world’s 100 top educational institutions including blue chip universities like Harvard and Yale who are searching for

China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

By Sun, Aug 31, 2014 4:32PM UTC China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

China’s legislature has ruled out open nominations in elections for Hong Kong’s leader.

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