Opposition leader Anwar expects to be jailed again

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:14AM UTC Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he expects Malaysia’s top court will dismiss his final appeal against a sodomy conviction next week and that he will be sent to prison. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male

India’s Modi tightens his grip on power

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:49AM UTC Narendra Modi. Pic: AP.

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a 10-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. On Oct. 19, they put two more building blocks in place with state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they have ousted Congress Party governments and reduced that party to a humiliating also-ran role.

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC A Thai anti-government protester raise his hand under giant  national flag during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand in March. Pic: AP.

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?

HK leader: Room to discuss election committee

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:36AM UTC Pro-democracy protesters attend a rally in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Friday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader says his government won’t let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but there’s room to discuss how to form a key committee that would pick candidates.

Why are people really protesting in Hong Kong?

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 7:54AM UTC Police try to control crowds in Mong Kok. Pic: AP

Ask anyone in Hong Kong why so many people have taken to the streets and the answer will often be the same: “for democracy,” “for universal suffrage,” or “to elect a fair government.” Equally, one could look at any of the slogans disseminated around the protests sites. Be it a sticker or a poster pasted on a wall, the message is likely to be something related to democracy and elections.

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