Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of privately owned providers. The study by the Univ...

Censorship or caution? Culture war burns in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The clowns were already on stage, faces painted white, costumes carefully adjusted. It was to be the troupe's second show of "Abrazo," a play for children about a fictional dicta...

Business Highlights

___ US economy defies threats with a solid job gain for October WASHINGTON (AP) — A solid October jobs report spotlighted the surprising durability of the U.S. econ...

Reports: US launches review of China-owned video app TikTok

Multiple published reports say that the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. ...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct. 30 The Wall Street Journal on criticism that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced over the c...

Hong Kong disqualifies democracy activist Joshua Wong from local elections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hong Kong has disqualified democracy activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) from running in next month’s district council elections, he tweeted Tuesday (Oct. 29). The decisio...

Rights groups criticize Tanzania's leader over repression

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four years of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's rule have stifled independent journalism and severely restricted the activities of non-governmental organizations, two internati...

BBC launches 'dark web' Tor mirror page

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an attempt to thwart censorship efforts in certain countries, the BBC has launched a "dark web" mirror version of its website. The BBC’s Chinese-lang...

Asian shares mixed amid uncertainty over policy, growth

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday, after Wall Street indexes posted modest gains, cheered by solid profits and forecasts from U.S. technology companies. Global uncertaintie...

Fans at Rockets opener show support for Hong Kong protesters

HOUSTON (AP) — A group of fans at the Houston Rockets' season opener against Milwaukee held signs and wore shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday night. ...

Pence says NBA 'acting like wholly owned subsidiary' of China

Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA on Thursday in a speech criticizing communist China's record on trade and human rights, saying American corporations have been too willin...

Hong Kong protesters pray, gird for unauthorized rally

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are set for another weekend of civil disobedience as they prepare to hold an unauthorized protest march to press their demands. Su...

Taiwanese-American NBA fan raises money to support HK protesters

A Taiwanese-American recently launched an online fundraising campaign to design and give away free T-shirts in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters at the Oct. 22 National Basketball As...

Britain scraps plan aimed at blocking minors' access to porn

LONDON (AP) — The British government has abandoned a plan to require pornography websites to verify that their users are adults. The government said Wednesday that its goal of protec...

DreamWorks bootlicks China with '9-dash line' including Taiwan in 'Abominable'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The cash-craving executives at DreamWorks have seen fit to include China's fictitious "nine-dash line" in its latest animated film "Abominable," ta...