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Hungary's Orban laments 'nightmare' pardon scandal

The resignation of Hungary's president over a child sexual abuse pardoning scandal was "correct, but a big loss" for the country, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in his annual state of ...

Croatia: Opposition protesters call for early elections

Thousands of Croatians took to the streets on Saturday, answering the opposition's call for protests to demand this year's parliamentary elections be held as soon as possible. Some 11 center ...

Executions in Iran: Activists call for solidarity

Human rights organizations have been sounding the alarm over the high rate of executions in Iran. On Saturday, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada al-Nashif is set to fly to Tehran to in...

Family calls for heavy sentence at memorial for slain New Taipei teen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The family of a teenager who was fatally attacked at school late last year called for swift and harsh sentencing for murderers at a memorial service held in New Taipei on ...

Poland seeks to ease access to 'morning after' pill

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Wednesday said his government was ready to ease restrictions on access to emergency contraception measure the "morning-after" pill. Cabinet approv...

Taiwan county council speaker faces interrogation on election eve

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Pingtung County Council Speaker Chou Tien-lun (周典論), a known supporter of Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), faces an investigation after an online comment, his d...

Bangladesh economic woes cast shadow over election

Bangladesh is holding a general election on Saturday, January 7, a vote tarnished by an opposition boycott and concerns over fairness and inclusiveness. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ruling...

Albania: Fight against high-level corruption gains traction

For the first time in the 30 years of Albania's post-communist political transition, a once all-powerful leader stands accused of "passive corruption" over decisions made during his time...

Bangladesh Nobel laureate's woes turn focus on rule of law

A court in Bangladesh on Sunday sentenced Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus to six months in jail for labor law violations in what his supporters called a politically motivated prosecution. Yunus a...

Jimmy Lai case puts Hong Kong's legal system on trial

Jimmy Lai, one of Hong Kong's most high-profile pro-democracy figures, has pleaded not guilty to charges of "sedition and collusion with foreign forces" in a landmark trial that symboliz...

Political tensions high in Serbia amid vote fraud protests

"I will continue to come despite the holidays," said a student, as she moved through the small crowd in central Belgrade. Many fellow demonstrators also brought along sleeping bags and blan...

Turkey seeks to crack down on organized crime

"My dear nation, today we caught three internationally sought-after gang bosses in Alanya and Istanbul," Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced to the Turkish people on social media earli...

Ukraine gets historic EU green-light after Hungary drops veto

An EU summit in Brussels delivered an unexpected piece of welcome news at a bleak moment of the Russia-Ukraine war. Kyiv can soon begin official talks to join the European Union after getting the gree...

European Commission unfreezes billions in funds for Hungary

The European Commission said on Wednesday that Hungary could start claiming reimbursements on projects worth up to €10.2 billion euros after finding it had fulfilled conditions on the independenc...

Poland: Donald Tusk urges stronger EU, Ukraine support

Poland's Prime Minister-designate Donald Tusk laid out his political program to parliament on Tuesday morning ahead of a confidence vote scheduled for later in the day. On Monday, a majority of ...