Chinese manufacturers have moved onto the global stage with unprecedented speed and efficiency. China is already the world's largest producer of aluminum, cement, copper, and steel. It dominates the low-end consumer market in everything from text
[Not happy with the major party's?] DUTCH pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations from 16 to 12 and the legalisation of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage
[Perhaps a Bill of Rights? ;-)] European Union foreign ministers acknowledged there was no chance of rescuing the EU constitution before elections next year in France and the Netherlands where voters have already rejected the charter.
2 Chinese activists have been taken away by police in Shanghai as part of a crackdown ahead of the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests, a human rights group said. Was "forcibly taken away by over 10 police officers" o
A catalogue of communication failures undermined the "heroic" efforts to rescue victims injured in the London bombings. The recommendations made nearly 2 decades ago, after the King's Cross fire, have not been acted on.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari of Iraq today endorsed the right of Iran to pursue the "technological and scientific capabilities" needed to create nuclear power for peaceful purposes. (I guess this is what is mean by spreading democracy a
South Africa's powerful COSATU labor union said the country was "drifting toward dictatorship" under President Thabo Mbeki. COSATU is the second member of South Africa's so-called "Tripartite Alliance" to openly criticize
Saudi Arabia's education system continues to preach hatred for both Muslims and non-Muslims who oppose the ultraconservative state's version of Islam despite pledges of reform, a report published in the United States said.
As if thumbing its nose at international pressure for democratic reform, Syria has jailed writers, activists, and intellectuals over the past week in a sweeping crackdown on internal dissent. While those here who speaks out against the government
Mexican police brutally put down riots in a rebellious town outside Mexico City this month and sexually abused some two dozen women in the operation, a rights watchdog said on Monday.
She's a lawyer - the former head of the Hong Kong Bar who believes deeply that Hong Kong will not get full democracy unless it fights harder. She's also got glam: more than six feet tall in a small-body society, charisma, and a top-shelf fash
Guatemala's government said for the first time it wanted to investigate the disappearances of some 45,000 civilians during a bloody civil war and hoped to prosecute those responsible. Supposed communist sympathizers who were systematically detain
f Arnold Schwarzenegger had migrated to Mexico instead of the United States, he couldn't be a governor. If Argentina native Sergio Villanueva, firefighter hero of the Sept. 11 attacks, had moved to Tecate instead of New York, he wouldn't have
As the West debates the perceived Iranian nuclear threat, leaders of the world's 8 largest Muslim countries, collectively known as the D8, met over the weekend where they asserted the right of Islamic countries to peaceful nuclear energy.
Doubts have been raised about how technically advanced Iran's nuclear programme is, after it emerged Tehran may have used material from China. The material used in Iran's recent uranium enrichment experiments probably came from materials supp
The UK Government is preparing to give the police the authority to force organisations and individuals to disclose encryption keys, a move which has outraged some security and civil rights experts. The powers are contained within Part 3 of the Reg
Murat Gezici, in his own words, has "never taken part in any political activities, ever." An agreeable, well-scrubbed native of the seaside town of Ceyhan in Turkey's southern Adana region, where his family has lived for generations, Ge
In the past, while Europeans, Asians and Arabs might have disliked American policies or specific U.S. leaders, they liked and admired Americans themselves. Polls now show an ominous turn. Majorities around the world think Americans are greedy, vio
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that a ruble-denominated oil and natural gas stock exchange should be set up in Russia.
A Somali woman who moved to the Netherlands, won a seat in the Dutch parliament and became one of Europe's best-known champions of immigrant and Muslim women's rights, would give up her seat and leave the country because she is being stripped
"Today it hit me, I am really in prison. I'm not sure how I feel," began the May 10 entry on Alaa Abdel-Fatah's popular Egyptian blog manalaa.net. A pro-reform activist and prolific online critic of the Egyptian government, Mr. Abde
US authorities can get access to EU citizens' data on phone calls, sms' and emails, giving a recent EU data-retention law much wider-reaching consequences than first expected. The EU data retention bill, passed in February after much controve
The Japanese may have to find an alternative way to grab their sushi after China imposed a tax on disposable chopsticks in a bid to improve its environmental record.
"All aboard for Capitolio, via Linea!" cries a jitney cab driver looking to fill his shiny black 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster. In communist Cuba, more than 60,000 American cars made in the 1940s and 1950s are still on the roads in full use.
But until now, grizzly-polar hybrids, dubbed "grolar bears" or "pizzlies", have been found only in zoos.
Four animal rights militants were jailed for 40 years on Thursday over the "appalling" desecration of the grave of a woman whose family bred guinea pigs for medical research.
Venezuela's congress, dominated by supporters of President Hugo Chavez, released a report recommending the state assume majority control of key heavy oil projects run by companies like Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. in its oil-rich Orinoco R
The government blamed a lack of funds, a too-slow buildup of intelligence staff in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the US, and spies' failure to anticipate that British citizens would contemplate suicide attacks on their homeland.
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said it had filed a complaint with the EU competition watchdog over alleged illegal aid of $1.28 billion given to Air France by the French government. The airline said that Air France benefited from an unfair system for
Fiona Li did what millions of Chinese shoppers do to find a bargain: she went online. A few clicks later, she had a lead on where to buy the items her brother wanted for his new apartment. Instead of reaching for her credit card, though, she jotted