China’s parallel justice system for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members relies heavily on torture and is “abusive and illegal,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday, calling for the network to be abolished.
About 88 million CCP members are subject to an internal justice system known asFULL STORY
Setting up a camera in a public place, Ou Zhihang (區志航) hastily removes his clothes, then with just one bottom-exposing press-up — his work is done.
The artist has taken more than 700 photographs capturing his nude exercises on streets in China and sometimes abroad —FULL STORY
A gas explosion has trapped 11 Chinese coal miners underground, in the latest in a string of deadly accidents striking the industry after 53 miners were killed in two similar blasts last week.
Xinhua news agency reported that the explosion Monday night occurred at aFULL STORY
The party of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, a powerful Indian politician who died on Monday, appointed a loyalist to lead her southern state and keep her supporters together as thousands grieved on the streets.
Jayalalithaa, who served in the position for five terms, ranFULL STORY
A pair of lions painted in rainbow stripes displayed outside HSBC’s main office in Hong Kong have been slammed by anti-gay groups as activists in the territory call for more progress on equal rights.
Two plain bronze lions named Stephen and Stitt usually sit outside theFULL STORY
US president-elect Donald Trump is a “diplomatic rookie” who must learn not to cross Beijing on issues like trade and Taiwan, Chinese state media said yesterday, warning the US could pay dearly for his naivety.
Trump’s protocol-shattering call with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and a subsequentFULL STORY
It is a rare moment of public reckoning for South Korea’s most powerful business leaders, courtesy of the country’s biggest political scandal in years.
Usually cloistered executives from Samsung, Hyundai Motor and six other companies faced grilling yesterday, as lawmakers looked into their links to prosecutionFULL STORY
At least three senior ministers yesterday joined the race to replace New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, a day after Key stunned the nation by resigning to spend more time with his family, with New Zealand Minister of Finance Bill English seen as the front-runner.
An apple a day kept the doctor away — but now in Asia, a cup of milk might do the trick.
A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released yesterday said that milk and other dairy products have become an unexpected ally inFULL STORY
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologize for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the US into World War II, Abe’s top aide said yesterday.
Japanese Chief Cabinet SecretaryFULL STORY
Russia said it would hold talks with Washington yesterday on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria’s Aleppo, where the Syrian army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions have rejected any evacuation.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion inFULL STORY
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was to resign yesterday to free himself to vie for the Socialist nomination in next year’s presidential election.
Announcing his candidacy on Monday, France’s prime minister of the past two-and-a-half years said he would step down to try to rally theFULL STORY
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday formally resigned after a crushing referendum defeat that has sent shockwaves across Europe — though his departure is to be delayed by a final task: passing a budget.
Renzi handed his resignation to Italian President Sergio Mattarella after votersFULL STORY
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Monday conceded the governor’s race, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner about four weeks after the Nov. 8 election.
The win by Cooper, the state’s outgoing attorney general, gives Democrats an important consolation prizeFULL STORY
The death toll from a blaze that engulfed a converted warehouse during a dance party in Oakland, California, on Monday rose to 36, the greatest loss of life from a US fire in more than a decade, as searchers sifted charred ruins being treated asFULL STORY
The airline involved in last week’s crash in the Andes left a trail of unpaid bills that forced Bolivia’s air force to seize two planes and briefly jail one of the company’s owners, Bolivian Minister of Defense Reymi Ferreira said on Monday.
The revelation added toFULL STORY
Trumpeter dies after beating
A trumpeter has died after being badly beaten during a concert he was giving in a cathedral near Buenos Aires, attacked by parents from a preschool where he had allegedly molested children, a priest said on Monday. Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, a musicFULL STORY