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Kolas Yotaka takes aim at magistrate post in Taiwan’s Hualien

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kolas Yotaka (谷辣斯.尤達卡), spokesperson for the Office of the President, has dismissed claims the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will use her as “cannon fodd...

Today in History: July 4, Declaration of Independence

Today in History Today is Monday, July 4, the 185th day of 2022. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today’s Highlight in History: ...

Is freedom of expression under threat in India?

The arrest of Muhammed Zubair, co-founder of Alt News, a fact-checking website, has been described as a new low for press freedom in India. Press and human rights groups see it as an attack on the fre...

Russians fleeing war and repression seek solace in Istanbul

In an elegant patisserie on the Asian side of Istanbul, I am waiting for Irina Gaisina to come back from the immigration office. The 39-year-old psychologist and politician left Russia for Turkey in e...

Who is winning Myanmar's civil war?

Who has the upper hand in Myanmar's civil war? Is it the military, which has been trying to control the country with brutal force since the coup, or the resistance movement, which is using guerril...

Behind the scenes in Macron's war diplomacy

It's the morning of February 20, 2022, four days before Russia invades Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been spearheading western diplomatic efforts to dissuade Russia from sendi...

A tale of two cities, as Xi Jinping visits Hong Kong

"Manhattan meets Hawaii." That’s how I described Hong Kong to outsiders when I first moved here 7 years ago, dazzled by glittering skyscrapers ringing lush green mountains next to the ...

Nobel laureate Ressa vows to fight order to shut Philippine news site

Philippine Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa pledged on Wednesday to fight an order by the corporate regulator to shut down her online news site Rappler, known for its critical reporting of Preside...

Vietnam's climate credentials come under scrutiny after activist jailing

Nguy Thi Khanh, a prominent activist and the first Vietnamese recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, was arrested by the police in February. On June 17, she was sentenced to tw...

Warner Bros. Discovery partners with Shell in ‘Dare to Ride’

Warner Bros. Discovery partners with Shell for the premiere of adrenaline-filled local show ‘Dare to Ride’ featuring Asia’s most iconic bike routes Six celebrity bikers overcome unique obstacle...

Philippines: News site Rappler ordered to shut down

Nobel laureate Maria Ressa confirmed on Wednesday that the Philippine government is pressing forward with an order to shut down Rappler, the news website she co-founded. The site, which gained notor...

Review: A deep dive into Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Leonard Cohen was deep in his career when he finally finished “Hallelujah.” Well, the first version of “Hallelujah” — there would be many, many versions when all was said and done. He’d toiled on the ...

Arrest of Indian Muslim journalist sparks widespread outrage

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India’s capital New Delhi arrested a Muslim journalist Monday evening for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in what many have slammed as the latest example of shrinking...

Moscow police detain opposition politician

UNDATED (AP) — Moscow police on Monday reportedly detained one of the few politicians openly opposing the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine who remains in Russia. A journalist friend said Ily...

India: Arrest of Muslim fact-checker raises concerns over press freedom

Authorities in India's capital city of New Delhi on Monday arrested Muslim journalist Mohammed Zubair for a 2018 tweet that allegedly hurt religious sentiments and promoted enmity. Zubair, who i...