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No word on Mongolian activist’s release in China

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 5:27PM UTC

A relative of a Mongolian activist set to be released Thursday from a Chinese prison said the man’s wife and son are now in police detention and he himself is being warned to keep silent. Unrest among ethnic Mongolians in China is not as well known as that among ethnic

Chinese group awards own alternative ‘peace prize’

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 5:22PM UTC

  A Chinese group awarded its own version of a peace prize Thursday, a move apparently intended to counter the Nobel committee’s decision to honor imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo. Organizers of the Confucius Peace Prize named their choice — former Taiwanese vice president Lien Chan — at a ceremony in

Top Chinese politician meets North Korea’s Kim

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 3:33PM UTC

A top Chinese leader has met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang amid the continuing military crisis on the Korean peninsula. The official Xinhua News Agency did not immediately say what State Councilor Dai Bingguo discussed with Kim. But China is under heavy international pressure to defuse the

Thai court drops legal case against ruling party

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 3:16PM UTC

Thailand’s ruling Democrat Party won its latest court victory Thursday and staved off possible dissolution when a court declined to accept a case accusing the party of illegal financing. The Constitutional Court’s ruling is likely to inflame widespread criticism the court has applied double standards. It issued a similar ruling

China’s campaign against Nobel backfires

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 3:12PM UTC

China’s relentless criticism of the bestowing of the Nobel Peace Prize on imprisoned Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo showed signs of backfiring Thursday, as criticism of Beijing rose a day ahead of the award ceremony. Beijing’s high-pressure tactics and campaign of vilification have ensured a wave of publicity for Liu,