Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesman lashes out

Bill Cosby lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction Tuesday, as an appeals court upheld the verdict in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. In its ruling, the S...

Chinese diplomat clashes with BBC over definition of freedom

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China's ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming (劉曉明), said there are no political prisoners in China during a Tuesday (Nov. 26) interview with the BBC. On the BBC tal...

Ukraine: Director in prisoner swap backs jailed Russians

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Ukrainian film director included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia last week is speaking out for imprisoned Russians. Oleg Sentsov was f...

Venezuela frees musician jailed after blasting Maduro online

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (AP) — Karen Palacios' Yamaha clarinet still rests where she left it atop sheet music of a Mozart concerto that she practiced diligently the night before two strangers dressed in...

Secret files about victims of suspected political murders in Taiwan could be unsealed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Files about suspected political murders during the Kuomintang’s (KMT) Martial Law era might be declassified, following the approval of new regulations by the Legisla...

Taiwan ex-political prisoner goes on hunger strike, calls for founding of 'independent state'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The hunger strike initiated by former National Policy Advisor to the President Huang Hua (黃華) has entered day 43 in a bid to push for the founding of the "Republic of...

AP Exclusive: Imprisoned supercop's escape from Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the last rays of sunlight faded into the Caribbean Sea, political fugitive Iván Simonovis was speeding toward an island rendezvous with freedom. Three weeks earl...

Oregon gov. sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown deployed the state police Thursday to try to round up Republican lawmakers who fled the Capitol to block a vote on a landmark economy-wide climate plan that w...

Future uncertain for Catalan separatists elected in Europe

MADRID (AP) — Three jailed or fugitive Catalan politicians hope to use their freshly won seats in the European Parliament as loudspeakers for their separatist cause in northeastern Spain — although ac...

Diplomats defend, deplore North Korea's human rights record

GENEVA (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations has defended his country's human rights record and likened economic sanctions over its nuclear program to "crimes." Ambas...

Indigenous Taiwanese man tracks down father’s grave after 66 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With the help of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC,促轉會), an indigenous man finally tracked down the grave of his father, a White Terror victim, at the Liuchangli Pu...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2019. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 21,...

Ai Weiwei remembers disappearance of 43 Mexican students

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014...

Azerbaijan: Ex-minister among hundreds pardoned by president

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A former health minister of Azerbaijan who has been imprisoned for 12 years has been pardoned by the country's president. Ali Insanov was among 431 people par...

Taiwan President praises late Presbyterian leader for democracy activism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Late former Presbyterian Church in Taiwan leader and human rights activist Kao Chun-ming (高俊明) was at the forefront of the country’s democratic movement, President Tsai In...