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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities on Tuesday began the trial of a prominent rights lawyer on charges of subverting state power in a case that drew the attention of the United Nations. Jiang Tianyong, who took on sensitive cases such as defending practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, disappeared last November while visiting
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s High Court on Monday granted leave for the attorney-general’s office to begin contempt of court proceedings against Li Shengwu, a grandson of the city state’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, over comments he made last month about the country’s legal system. According to correspondence released by Li, the attorney-general’s chambers
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran’s former president Mohammad Khatami has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of opposition leaders, Khatami’s website reported Sunday, the first such public call by a senior political figure The continuing detention of Mirhossein Mousavi and fellow reformist Mehdi Karroubi, both of whom disputed the results
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Austria has joined neighbor Germany in its criticism of the Turkish President over inflammatory comments ahead of the European Union members’ forthcoming elections. Relations between Turkey and the European Union have been under growing strain since last year’s failed military coup in Turkey, with European-Turkish nationals among the 50,000 people since detained
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will issue a cluster of new papers this week to outline its strategy positions in divorce talks with the European Union, ranging from regulation of goods to data protection, the UK’s Brexit department said on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government wants to push discussions with the EU beyond a focus
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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress on Saturday rejected the self-proclaimed law-making authority of a new legislative superbody elected last month at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro. Congress’s declaration of resistance followed statements from a group of 12 regional nations plus the United States on Friday, saying they would continue to regard congress, not
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African deputy minister who is being investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a woman in a nightclub has resigned, the president’s office said on Saturday. Footage apparently showing deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana assaulting a woman earlier this month sparked outrage from civil society and opposition parties and prompted
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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. In practice, the move does little to change the existing situation. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the
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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s legal chief denied any “political motive” in seeking jail for three young pro-democracy activists on Friday, responding to a Reuters report that he had overruled other legal officials who had initially advised against pursuing the case. An appeals court on Thursday jailed three leaders of the Chinese-ruled city’s democracy
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TENGGULUN, Indonesia (Reuters) – Fifteen years since they were members of a radical Islamist group that killed 202 people on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali, Ali Fauzi and Sumarno are building peace instead of bombs. The former devotees of the Jemaah Islamiah militant group are counseling ex-militants, educating their children, and employing their wives as
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