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May 19, 2015
China rights lawyer charged after a year in detention
Beijing (AFP) May 16, 2015
A top Chinese human rights lawyer detained for more than a year was criminally charged Friday over comments he made online, officials said, prompting denunciations from the United States and advocacy groups. Pu Zhiqiang, a celebrated rights campaigner who has represented dissident artist Ai Weiwei, was taken into detention last May in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square killings. Pu, 50, was accused of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," ... read more

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Hong Kong leader assails 'uncivilised' critics
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Britain's UKIP takes aim at Tories in election manifesto
Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party launched its election manifesto on Wednesday, appealing to Conservative voters with pledges to raise defence spending and bring forward a vote on Britain's EU membership. ... more
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Maldives ex-leader's defence minister jailed
The Maldives has sentenced a former defence minister to 10 years in prison for detaining a judge in a move that sparked the ouster of former president Mohamed Nasheed, officials said Saturday. ... more
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Nationalist landslide in Scotland holds key to UK vote
Scottish nationalists are preparing for landslide election gains at the expense of Labour next month but also holding out the offer of a pact that could put the centre-left party in power. ... more
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India study suggests meritocracy hampered by classist ideas
A study carried out in India suggests old ideas about caste and class may linger - hampering the aspirations of millions - even in system that celebrates education and meritocracy. ... more
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Governor backs down, seeks 'fix' to Indiana religion law
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, facing a firestorm of criticism, said Tuesday he and state legislators will work to "fix" a contentious new law this week that some warn discriminates against gays. ... more
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Hong Kong leader warns against protests
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China probes foreign textbooks after warning on 'Western values'
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China warns Britain over MPs report on 'eroded' Hong Kong freedoms
China said Britain had "no right to interfere" in Hong Kong on Friday following a report by British MPs that warned of an erosion of freedoms in the city. ... more
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Chinese debating body chief warns against Western democracy
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Philippine military seeks to quell coup rumours
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