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Verdict expected in German journalist's trial in Turkey as free press withers

Mesale Tolu, who was arrested in Turkey in 2017 on terrorism-related charges and is facing trial, is confident that justice will be done when the court hands down its verdict on Monday. "I expec...

Taiwan's NCC finds censorship software in Xiaomi smartphones

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Communications Commission (NCC) has said it has found that the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G smartphones sold in Taiwan have seven built-in apps able to filter more than 2...

Polish PM calls Facebook ban on far-right party undemocratic

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Thursday criticized as undemocratic a Facebook ban imposed on a far-right party for alleged violations of the social network's rules on the fight again...

Zimbabwe journalists mourn passing of editor Iden Wetherell

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean journalists are praising Iden Wetherell, one of the country's most principled and exacting editors, who died on Dec. 23 after a battle with Alzheimer's. He was 73. ...

How China's 'zero COVID' pursuit is stoking anger, public shaming

Over the past two weeks, Chinese authorities have reimposed strict pandemic control measures to curb a new wave of domestic coronavirus outbreaks. However, some of the extreme measures have triggered ...

China censors news about another female celebrity affair with senior CCP official

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s censors have been busy scrubbing the internet clean of news about an affair and potential marriage between Chinese starlett Tong Liya (佟麗婭) and one of the Ch...

Opinion: China has a massive credibility problem

The latest interview with the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who in November accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her, has done little to shed further light on the matter....

MP posts photo of Lithuanian 'Tank Man' in solidarity with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Lithuanian Parliamentarian Matas Maldeikis on Christmas Eve posted a photo of his country's version of "Tank Man" to show solidarity with Taiwan as both coun...

Germany takes Russia's German-language RT channel off air

European satellite operator Eutelsat on Wednesday halted the broadcasting of the German-language channel of Russian state broadcaster RT, German regulators said. The move came after German authoritie...

Q&A: Almodóvar on unearthing the past in 'Parallel Mothers'

NEW YORK (AP) — Pedro Almodóvar has a theory that his films with male protagonists, like his autobiographical 2019 film “Pain and Glory,” are darker and more somber. “I look inside ...

Wang Leehom faces permanent ban in China over divorce scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid a war of words between Taiwanese-American crooner Wang Leehom (王力宏) and his ex-wife Lee Jinglei (李靚蕾) over the weekend, Chinese state-run media is calling for Wang...

Peng Shuai squirms when asked about leaving China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During an allegedly "impromptu interview" released over the weekend, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai (彭帥) became noticeably nervous when asked when she will next...

From masks to book banning, conservatives take on educators

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A recent Wyoming school board meeting was again packed with opponents of mask mandates when things took an abrupt turn and a parent started reading aloud sexually explicit passag...

United Arab Emirates to end censorship of cinematic releases

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Sunday that it will no longer censor films released in cinemas, the country's latest effort to boost its brand as a liberal hub...

China: Alibaba scandal sparks outcry over workplace harassment

Chinese tech giant Alibaba has reportedly fired a female employee who accused her former boss of molesting and raping her during a business trip earlier this year. The new revelation has renewed the p...