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EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown

The European Union urged China to free dozens of activists during a human rights meeting in Beijing this week, three years after a crackdown that jailed scores of lawyers and activists. EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown BEIJING – The European Union urged China to free dozens of activists… link: EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJul 12th, 2018

US urges China to release Tiananmen crackdown death toll

BEIJING --- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged China to disclose the details of people killed, detained or missing during the Chinese military's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square 29 years ago. Pompeo marked Monday's anniversary of the suppression of demonstrations on June 4, 1989, saying: "We remember the tragic loss of innocent lives." "We join others in the international community in urging the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing," Pompeo's statement said. He cited the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who wrote in his 2010 Nobel Peace Prize speech, delivered in absentia: "...Keep on reading: US urges China to release Tiananmen crackdown death toll.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

      BRATISLAVA, Slovakia --- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. Speaking in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats to the democratic and free-market gains made since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He said the post-communist countries are particularly vulnerable to Chinese and Russian predatory investment and political meddling. To combat the threat, he said the United States is committed to boosting its engagement in the region, through defense coo...Keep on reading: Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Stealth crackdown: Chinese censorship extends to Twitter

BEIJING, China--- Despite being blocked in China, Twitter and other overseas social media sites have long been used freely by activists and government critics to address subjects that are censored on domestic forums -- until now. As Beijing presses a campaign to throttle any remaining voices that stray from the Communist Party narrative, it is extending its reach to foreign sites outside of its "Great Firewall" of internet censorship. People in China can use virtual private network (VPN) software to circumvent Beijing's controls and access blocked foreign sites. But fearful that the platforms could be used to coordinate political activity, the authorities have launched a ste...Keep on reading: Stealth crackdown: Chinese censorship extends to Twitter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Vietnam activists flock to safe social media after cyber crackdown

HANOI, Vietnam – Tens of thousands of Vietnamese social media users are flocking to self-professed free speech platform Minds to avoid tough internet controls in a new cybersecurity law, activists and the company told the Agence France-Presse (AFP). The draconian law requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Bangladesh body count mounts; group urges U.N. action to stop drug war

DHAKA/MUMBAI — The death toll in a Bangladeshi “zero tolerance” crackdown on drugs has risen to 140, with about 18,000 people arrested, the government said on Thursday, as a group of activists urged the United Nations to step in to stop the bloodshed. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the anti-narcotics campaign in early May to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

HONG KONG, China – Crowds assembled in Hong Kong on Monday in memory of the victims of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown but young activists are increasingly questioning the annual vigil's relevance. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has seen tens of thousands gather at the candlelit vigil in Victoria Park since 1990, while any ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Crowds gather for Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong

Crowds assembled in Hong Kong on Monday in memory of the victims of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown, but young activists are increasingly questioning the annual vigil’s relevance. Source link link: Crowds gather for Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Hundreds march in Hong Kong to mark Tiananmen crackdown

HONG KONG – Hundreds marched through Hong Kong on Sunday, May 27, ahead of the 29th anniversary of China's crackdown on democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong is the only place on Chinese soil where the anniversary is openly marked with a famous vigil in Victoria Park on June ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Chinese activist jailed for 8 years after major crackdown

TIANJIN, China – China sentenced an activist known by the online pseudonym "Super Vulgar Butcher" to 8 years in prison Tuesday, December 26, one of the harshest punishments meted out to the group of lawyers and activists swept up in a major crackdown on civil society two ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Vietnam rejects anti-China activist appeal

HANOI, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court on Friday, December 22, rejected the appeal of a dissident sentenced to 9 years for anti-state propaganda, capping a grim year for activists in the one-party state. Vietnam's communist government has been accused of intensifying a crackdown on its critics in 2017, jailing at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

China won t free men who investigated Ivanka Trump supplier

GANZHOU — China's government on yesterday rejected a US State Department call to release three activists detained while investigating a Chinese company that.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2017

Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed, even as US urges allies to bar Chinese gear

BANGKOK — Thailand on Friday launched a Huawei Technologies 5G test bed, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks. Huawei, the world’s top producer of telecoms equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, has been facing mounting international scrutiny amid fears China could use its […] The post Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed, even as US urges allies to bar Chinese gear appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

Chinese, US musicians team up

PHILADELPHIA — Chinese musicians teamed up with their US counterparts on Tuesday at a special New Year concert in Philadelphia, the US state of Pennsylvania, to mark the 40th anniversary of China-US diplomatic relations. About 100 musicians from the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and The Philadelphia Orchestra performed in the first side-by-side Chinese New Year […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

China’s Xi: 2022 Winter Games will be green, inclusive, open

BEIJING --- Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is well on track to deliver a "spectacular" 2022 Winter Olympic Games. China's government was firmly committed to staging the games with a "green, inclusive, open, and corruption-free approach," Xi told IOC President Thomas Bach on Thursday. "We will deliver a spectacular games," Xi said in opening remarks at their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing. Xi said China's preparations grew out of its people's approach to performing jobs in a "methodical matter and well in advance." In response, Bach said his delegation had been impressed with their visits to the Olympic venues, winter sports tra...Keep on reading: China’s Xi: 2022 Winter Games will be green, inclusive, open.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Activists decry Sri Lankan president’s praise for Duterte’s drugs war

MANILA — Human rights groups expressed alarm at Sri Lanka’s leader on Friday for praising Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody war on drugs as an “example to the whole world”. Despite international condemnation of a crackdown that has killed thousands of Filipinos, visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena told Duterte during a banquet this […] The post Activists decry Sri Lankan president’s praise for Duterte’s drugs war appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

SAG Awards on Jan. 28

  The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards silver anniversary ceremony will broadcast live on Jan. 28, 9 a.m. on Blue Ant Entertainment. Nominees in the outstanding performance by a female actor include Emily Blunt ("Mary Poppins Returns"), Lady Gaga ("A Star Is Born"), Glenn Close ("The Wife"), Olivia Colman ("The Favourite") and Melissa McCarthy ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?"). 'Popcorn Day' today Get a chance to receive free popcorn today as SMCinema celebrates International Popcorn Day. At SM Megamall, join the popcorn-eating contest or choose a team and vote for your favorite popcorn flavor. Be on the lookout as well for the mascot Poppy the Popcorn, representing th...Keep on reading: SAG Awards on Jan. 28.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none. OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC's heavyweight share of the combat sports marketplace. Try ignoring One Championship now. After staging shows for seven years across Asia from Myanmar to China, One has come out swinging in the U.S. — throwing millions at big-name free agents, signing a major cable TV deal and raising capital needed to not only keep its grip as the dominant MMA promotion of the East, but perhaps use global expansion to eventually rival UFC as the champ of the West. "They're making a serious push," One fighter Eddie Alvarez said. "I don't think it's going to be long before you can crown them one of the top promotions in the world. They've done everything possible in their favor to become that." Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, should know as well as any fighter about One's commitment to becoming a major player in the U.S. fight game. "The Underground King" has fought for several MMA promotions and made his name in Bellator as a two-time lightweight champion and in UFC where he won the same title in 2016 and headlined the promotion's first card in Madison Square Garden against Conor McGregor. The 34-year-old Alvarez became a free agent after his last fight in July 2018 and decided to explore his options outside UFC. He traveled to Singapore and met One founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and learned U.S. expansion plans and acquiring other name fighters were on the horizon, as well as ongoing talks that would broadcast fights in America. Alvarez was impressed, not just by One's outline for the future, but in a multimillion dollar contract offer that he says makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the sport. "Our deal is more in the lines of a real pro sport deal, like football or baseball," Alvarez said. "The package deal is an eight-figure deal. When we brought that to the UFC to match it, they declined matching it and I had to move forward. I'm happy I did because One Championship is the only major promotion that I have not won and conquered the world title in. It's history and legacy for me." Alvarez was part of a flurry of transactions that put MMA fans on notice that One was intent on becoming a singular sensation. One obtained Demetrious Johnson, the long-reigning UFC flyweight champion better known as "Mighty Mouse," in a trade with UFC — yes, a trade — for Ben Askren. Sage Northcutt, once hailed as a future UFC star, also signed with One. Meisha Tate, a former 135-pound champion in UFC and Strikeforce, has signed on as One's vice president and was set to move to Singapore. One strengthened its roster with notable U.S.-based talent ahead of a North American television deal with Turner Sports. The three-year deal will see One content broadcast on Turner's platforms including TNT, which is received by more than 90 million households in the United States, as well as streaming platform Bleacher Report Live and other Turner properties. Turner, which also broadcasts the NBA and the NCAA Tournament, is set to air 24 events in 2019 on its various outlets. B/R Live will stream One: Eternal Glory on Jan. 19 from Jakarta, Indonesia. That date is already familiar to MMA fans — UFC is running its debut show on ESPN-plus the same night (yet in different time zones). Johnson and Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts on March 31 in Japan in tournament competition. "I'm not the smallest guy in the organization anymore," the 5-foot-3 Johnson said. "In America, everybody always looked at me as a child. I won't have that issue when I'm in Asia competing." More elite fighters could be on their way to One. Alvarez, who said he left on good terms with UFC and President Dana White, has suddenly become quite popular among his MMA peers. "Every fighter in town is sliding into my DMs. What's going on? What are you being offered?" Alvarez said, laughing. Sityodtong, raised in Thailand and a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur behind One. He's made a name as the most powerful MMA executive in Asia and has trained and coached in martial arts. Alvarez was wowed — and wooed — by Sityodtong's approach toward building One into an American MMA juggernaut. "In three years, our goal is 100 million live viewers per event, making us as big as Super Bowl Sunday," Sityodtong said at the press conference to introduce Alvarez. One has been aggressive in establish a U.S. foothold in large part because of an influx of cash from some of the top venture capital firms in the world. Sequoia Capital and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek helped One secure an additional $166 million in funding in October. One said at the time of the announcement it had exceeded $250 million in total capital base. One also recently announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of the country's largest national television broadcasters. One could quickly crush Bellator as the No. 2 promotion in the United States with a national TV deal and become a viable option for free-agent fighters — even with no scheduled events in America. Plenty of other promotions are also trying to compete or at least carve out a viable slice of the MMA pie, including the Professional Fighters League, which boasts Kevin Hart and Mark Burnett as celebrity investors, as well as Cage Fury Fighting Championship and numerous promotions that air fights in various disciplines under UFC's Fight Pass online subscription service. Alvarez has a stout belief that the MMA promotion made in Asia can make it in America. "The fans there get it," Alvarez said, "and it won't be long until the American fans here get it, as well.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Villanueva Urges President Duterete to Sign Tulong Trabaho Bill

Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday urged the President to sign the Tulong Trabaho bill that seeks to provide free access to technical-vocational education amid recent report revealing that educated Filipinos comprise almost half of the unemployed population in the country. Based on the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information (LMI) Report of the Department of Labor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

HONG KONG, China --- Hong Kong's embattled democracy advocates kicked off 2019 with a large street rally on Tuesday, lamenting what they said had been a grim year for freedoms and steeling themselves for fresh battles with Beijing. A thousands-strong crowd --- including a small retinue of independence activists --- protested over disappearing political freedoms, rising inequality and the local government's perceived coziness with big business and Beijing. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong currently enjoys liberties unseen on the mainland including freedom of expression and the press under a deal struck with Britain before the 1997 handover. But concern is growing that those rights a...Keep on reading: Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Aquino urges government to ensure full implementation of Free College Law

Sen. Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV urged the government to ensure that the full implementation of the Free College Law would be part of its New Year’s resolution. Aquino urges government to ensure full implementation of Free College Law Source link: Aquino urges government to ensure full implementation of Free College Law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019