Belarus’ oldest newspaper is banned as extremist

Belarus’ oldest newspaper was banned on the 115th anniversary of its founding Tuesday, the latest move in the government’s relentless crackdown on independent media in the ex-Soviet nation. The Nasha Niva newspaper was outlawed as extremist by the Central District court in Minsk, which acted upon the request of the Ministry of Information. The rulingContinue reading “Belarus’ oldest newspaper is banned as extremist”

Cultural Revolution was a catastrophe and Mao was responsible, China’s Communist Party upholds in landmark statement

Historic resolution adopted by top party leadership reasserts previous narrative on the decade of turmoil and bloody Tiananmen crackdown Document cements President Xi Jinping’s status on a par with Mao and Deng, seen as paving the way for him to stay on at the helm China’s Communist Party has reiterated its official verdicts on the CulturalContinue reading “Cultural Revolution was a catastrophe and Mao was responsible, China’s Communist Party upholds in landmark statement”

Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera

Hundreds of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa remain gathered at Belarus’s border with Poland in an escalating crisis. The Polish government has called a crisis meeting and deployed troops to the region. Poland has closed part of its border with Belarus, accusing it of urging the migration flow, in retaliation againstContinue reading “Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera”

Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power

Win Myint’s testimony in court challenges army’s insistence that no coup took place, and that power was transferred lawfully. Win Myint, Myanmar’s civilian president who was removed from office by the military, has testified that the generals tried to force him to relinquish power hours before the February 1 coup, warning him he could beContinue reading “Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power”

University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’

“It is really difficult to remove it. It is really not fair to remove it in a week while it’s been there for 24 years,” artist Jens Galschiøt told HKFP, saying he may take legal action if it is destroyed. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the now-disbanded organiser of Hong Kong’s TiananmenContinue reading “University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’”

China to ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices

China will ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices, according to a leaked memo. The internal memo from a recent internal training by the state-backed gaming association was revealed by the South China Morning Post, lays out new restrictions for approving video games in China. According to the publication, the memo said that videoContinue reading “China to ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices”

Man killed by Belarus security forces worked for U.S.-based EPAM -firm

A man shot dead by Belarusian security forces in a raid on an apartment block was an employee of EPAM Systems, a U.S.- based software firm, the company said on Thursday. Belarusian authorities reported that KGB officers shot dead a 31-year-old man and arrested his wife on Tuesday after he resisted law enforcement officers. TheyContinue reading “Man killed by Belarus security forces worked for U.S.-based EPAM -firm”

Belarus leader: change constitution to prevent opposition from taking power

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis followingContinue reading “Belarus leader: change constitution to prevent opposition from taking power”

Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown

Russia holds final day of parliamentary election Crackdown crushed Kremlin critics ahead of vote Activists promote tactical voting plan Watchdog records violations Russians voted on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win emphatically after a crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s movement andContinue reading “Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown”

Russia: Opposition politician Boris Vishnevsky says two lookalikes with same name as him running in St Petersburg election in bid to confuse voters

Mr Vishnevsky, a member of the liberal opposition Yabloko party, said the incident showed his opponents see him as a strong contender, even going to the extent of altering their appearance. A Russian opposition politician, gearing up for an election, has criticised authorities after discovering two of his rivals have the same name as himContinue reading “Russia: Opposition politician Boris Vishnevsky says two lookalikes with same name as him running in St Petersburg election in bid to confuse voters”

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