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China opposes sending North Korea to international court

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:11PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.
The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North’s dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions.

China and Iran defence officials meet in effort to strengthen ties

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:01PM UTC China and Iran defence officials meet in effort to strengthen ties

BEIJING (AP) — China’s defense minister has met with Iran’s navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries.
Thursday’s meeting in Beijing follows the first joint drills between their two navies in the Persian Gulf last month.

Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:48AM UTC Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying. Pic: AP.

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia Sentinel. Most Hong Kong people are too poor and dumb to be allowed to vote, according to the territory’s Beijing-appointed leader Leung Chun-ying.

UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea’s ‘honeyed words’

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:41AM UTC Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. commission of inquiry on North Korea says “a few honeyed words” by Pyongyang as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there.

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

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