Rights activists and lawyers hailed an overturned verdict in the case of a blind legal activist as a victory over corrupt officials in China. Chen and his supporters have been beaten, jailed and placed under house arrest since embarrassing local offi
China has announced plans to build a satellite navigation system that will include up to 35 satellites and be working in the Asian region by 2008.
The US warned that Iran, Syria and Hezbollah militants are plotting to overthrow the Lebanese government. The US is "increasingly concerned by mounting evidence" of a plot against the Lebanese government and Prime Minister Fouad Seniora
Bechtel Corp. went to Iraq 3 years ago to help rebuild a nation torn by war. Since then, 52 of its people have been killed and much of its work sabotaged as Iraq dissolved into insurgency and sectarian violence. Now Bechtel is leaving.
Tony Blair will attempt to revive the Middle East peace process with a personal visit to the region scheduled before Christmas. Downing Street confirmed the visit after admitting that Nigel Sheinwald, the prime minister's chief foreign policy ad
The U.S. and Chinese governments announced that North Korea agreed to rejoin six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, a surprise diplomatic breakthrough that comes weeks after the communist regime conducted its first known atomic test.
China, believed to carry out more court-ordered executions than all other nations combined, took a step forward in improving human rights by requiring approval from the country's highest court before putting anyone to death.
A recently revealed pact that calls for Venezuela to help Bolivia build military bases -- and perhaps prop up President Evo Morales in the event of civil unrest -- has prompted alarm among some of Bolivia's neighbors.
The United States will look to close ally Australia to provide some military muscle to U.N. sanctions against North Korea once details are worked out, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said.
Friends of freedom should doff their hats to the Hungarians this week. 50 years ago, the Hungarian people bravely expelled Soviet tanks from Budapest and proclaimed their intention to create a democracy. Shortly thereafter, the Soviets returned with
Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet was charged with the torture and disappearances of people in state custody who opposed his 1973-1990 rule, Judge Alejandro Solis announced.
North Korea warned South Korea against joining U.S.-led sanctions against Pyongyang and said it would take action after any such move by Seoul. South Korea’s participation in sanctions would be seen as a serious provocation leading to a “crisis of wa
Seventeen days later, Kelsang lay dying in the snow after an attack, captured by Western tourists' cameras, that is becoming an international incident and a stain on China's human rights record.
Voters overwhelmingly approved the largest modernization plan in the 92-year history of the Panama Canal, backing a multi-billion dollar expansion that will allow the world's largest ships to squeeze through the shortcut between the seas.
An underground resistance movement in North Korea, capable of smuggling out videos of executions and staging violent acts of defiance, has emerged as the Kim Jong-il dictatorship faces international sanctions for testing a nuclear bomb.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that, according to atmospheric sampling, North Korea's test explosion was in fact powered by plutonium. The NY Times article fails to explain the overriding significance of the plutonium finding.
N. Korea may have just tested a mini-nuke, which would be the ultimate deterrent to neoconservative aggression. Labeling the test a failure buys the Republican Party time politically by implying that Bush can stop the development
The price of Internet satire in China is going up. A major Chinese city is threatening to fine Web surfers up to $625 for online defamation amid a surge in short satirical Internet films, an official news report said.
apan needs to discuss whether it should possess nuclear weapons in response to North Korea's claimed nuclear test, the ruling party's policy chief said.
A huge flow of refugees, a stronger U.S. presence in the region and economic pressures that could impact the stability of its government -- those are the worst fears for China in the event its neighbor, North Korea, collapsed.
Sweden's 9 day-old government has been left reeling by revelations that 3 of its new ministers evaded taxes or failed to pay television license fees for years. Maria Borelius, the trade minister, 46, resigned on Saturday, after admitting she pai
No sooner had an analysis of air samples taken by an Air Force plane over the Sea of Japan confirmed that the North Koreans had indeed set off a nuclear device, than U.S. intelligence picked up signs of activity at an underground test site,
Could N. Korean leader Kim Jong Il be using the provocation of a nuclear test simply as a bargaining chip to get the aid he needs to placate his people and stay in power? Pyongyang's recent nuclear test could actually be a desperate cry for help.
San Juan PR officials say a paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Gitmo detention center have been ordered not to speak to the media. Marine lawyer Colby Vokey who represents
A plot to stage a coup against Pakistan's President Geneal Pervez Musharraf soon after his recent return from the US has been uncovered, resulting in the arrest of more than 40 people.
I have it from a very good on-the-scene source that the U.S. isn’t waiting for the UN to act. U.S. Navy ships are already blockading shipping coming into North Korea, and they aren’t letting anything out, either.
Chinese soldiers fired indiscriminately at Tibetan refugees when they killed a nun in the group trying to enter Nepal, a monk who witnessed the shooting told AFP. China admitted that its soldiers killed a person who was trying to flee Tibet, but the
A British man identified by US officials as a senior al-Qaida figure pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to murder in a plot to bomb high-profile targets in the US including the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington and the New Yor
Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for grassroots efforts to lift millions out of poverty that earned him the nickname of "banker to the poor".