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  • China execution of Briton Akmal Shaikh stresses UK ties

    China execution of Briton Akmal Shaikh stresses UK ties

    China executed Briton Akmal Shaikh Tuesday for drug smuggling despite assertions by British officials and the man's family that he was mentally unstable. Shaikh's lawyers said he had been framed.

  • Do Hmong deported by Thailand face danger in Laos?

    Do Hmong deported by Thailand face danger in Laos?

    Thailand deported more than 4,500 ethnic Hmong to their homeland of Laos, saying they were largely economic migrants, not persecuted refugees. But the US government condemned the move.

  • Will the West's criticism of China for jailing top dissident backfire?

    Will the West's criticism of China for jailing top dissident backfire?

    The Chrismas Day sentencing of literary critic Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison has drawn unusually strong criticism from Western governments, but some experts say that may only result in China taking a harder line.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/23

    Jacob Schneider of the Connecticut National Guard, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment hugs his mother Lori Schneider (r.) at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn. on Wednesday. Two units of the Connecticut National Guard are returning home for the holidays, thanks to a fundraising effort that will bus them back to the state from bases in Wisconsin and Indiana. They have been training for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan early in the new year.

  • Opinion After Copenhagen: five solutions to help melt the global trust problem

    The US wants reassurance on verfication and China wants protection from interference. These aren’t incompatible.

  • Taiwan-China talks hit headwinds

    Taiwan-China talks hit headwinds

    Taiwan and China unexpectedly nixed 1 of 4 deals during economic talks this week. The setback comes as Taiwan's China-friendly government is losing support – and has produced a rap video to try to win it back.

  • Philippines Mayon volcano eruption: a photo op for politicians

    Philippines Mayon volcano eruption: a photo op for politicians

    Philippines President Gloria Arroyo and two candidates hoping to succeed her next year are visiting refugees ahead of the imminent Mayon volcano eruption, both showing sympathy for the refugees' plight and associating themselves with a smooth evacuation.

  • Liu Xiaobo: China's top pro-democracy dissident goes on trial

    Liu Xiaobo: China's top pro-democracy dissident goes on trial

    The trial of leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for 'state subversion' lasted just a few hours Wednesday as supporters and diplomats barred from attending thronged the courtroom in near-freezing cold. A verdict is expected Friday.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/22

    Young red deer search for food in their snow-covered enclosure at a park in Hamburg, Germany, on Tuesday.

  • Does Australia need a human rights code?

    Australia is the only Western democracy where human rights are not formally protected, either by law or by the Constitution. Minorities, elderly, and disabled want a human rights charter. But a proposal for a charter has unleashed fierce opposition from church groups and opposition politicians.