China leader cautions against external forces

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 1:41PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces after prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

SKorea court orders dissolution of leftist party

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:21PM UTC SKorea court orders dissolution of leftist party

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s constitutional court has ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party accused of pro-North Korea policies.

Opinion: Post-coup oppression teaches Thais a lesson in human rights

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 3:19PM UTC Pic: AP.

In the past several weeks Thailand has witnessed a series of incidents that altogether signal the beginning of the public’s shift in perception. Slowly, Thais are becoming more and more concerned about the abuse of human rights, freedom and democracy. Now, Thai liberals have a reason to be optimistic despite the continuous oppression by the junta. A whiff of change is in the air.

Analysis: What now for Hong Kong’s Occupy movement?

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:55AM UTC An excavation shovel is lowered to pick up an umbrella left behind by protesters as police clear barricades and tents on a main road in the occupied areas at Causeway Bay district in Hong Kong Monday. Pic: AP.

And so the protest in Hong Kong ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Yesterday, the last protest site in Causeway Bay was cleared, effectively terminating the occupation of public spaces by protesters belonging to the ‘Umbrella Movement’.

Pakistan opposition party rallies in major city

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:28AM UTC Pakistan flag. Pic: AP.

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Supporters of Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician have gathered in the eastern city of Lahore for the opposition’s latest anti-government rally. Police officer, Imtiaz Sarwar, says the protesters aligned with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf tried to block some of the city’s main roads on Monday. Thousands of people

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