01 Apr 2021

Hong Kong court convicts media tycoon Jimmy Lai and other activists over peaceful protest

On Thursday, a Hong Kong court convicted pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and eight other prominent activists. The convictions were due to the individuals’ roles in an unauthorized assembly at the peak of the 2019 protests that followed the imposition of new, strict laws on Hong Kong, threatening its autonomy.

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19 Mar 2021

BBC journalist Aung Thura detained during Myanmar protests

A BBC reporter at the media outlet’s Burmese service has been detained in Myanmar as deadly clashes continue between security forces and protestors. According to witnesses, Aung Thura was taken away by men in plainclothes while reporting outside a court in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. BBC has

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23 Feb 2021

Nika Melia, Georgian opposition leader, is arrested at party HQ

Georgia’s main opposition leader, Nika Melia, has been arrested by police in a violent raid at his party’s headquarters. Melia’s supporters were dispersed with tear gas, and Mr Melia was brought out of the building in Tbilisi by riot police. The case against Melia is accusing him of inciting violent

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18 Jan 2021

Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow five months after being poisoned

Alexey Navalny, a key figure in Russia’s Kremlin opposition movement, was detained by police outside of Moscow on Sunday, just moments after his return to the country. Navalny was poisoned by an unknown actor roughly five months ago with the nerve agent Novichok, threatening his life. Navalny was able to

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11 Dec 2020

Hong Kong Police Charge Media Mogul Jimmy Lai With Foreign Collusion

Jimmy Lai, a 73-year-old Chinese media mogul who runs a pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, has been charged with foreign collusion. Lai’s charges represent the most high-profile figure charged under the security law imposed on Hong Kong by China to eradicate dissent and pro-democracy ideology. Hong Kong claims that Lai

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16 Oct 2020

Former Mexican Defense Minister Arrested in U.S. at DEA Request

Yesterday Mexico’s former defense minister was reportedly detained and arrested by US authorities. The incident occurred upon the request of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to an investigation into high-ranking Mexican officials with alleged ties to drug corruption and trade. The former minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, served from 2012

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06 Jul 2020

Outspoken professor detained in China

Xu Zhangrun, a Chinese professor who has been under house arrest due to his criticism of the Chinese government, was detained on Monday. Zhangrun has spoken out against the Chinese government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and has previously criticized the current leader of China, Xi Jinping. Chinese authorities have

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15 Jan 2020

Chinese man arrested after making $1.6 million from selling VPN services

Chinese authorities have launched a crackdown against sellers and vendors of unauthorized VPN software within the country. China has been particularly focused on catching sellers advertising VPN services that are capable of bypassing China’s Great Firewall technology. The Chinese government and law enforcement agencies have been making arrests since mid-2017,

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20 Dec 2019

Trudeau Presses U.S. to Secure Release of Canadians Detained in China

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, stated Thursday that the US should not continue with trade deal proceedings involving China until the cases of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and two Canadian citizens detained in China have been resolved. Trudeau’s plea is a result of escalating tensions between Beijing and Ottawa after

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