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Jul 1, 2008

In a ruling that is years late, but is nonetheless brave and important, a federal appellate court held last week that a prisoner at Guantanamo has been wrongly deemed an “enemy combatant.” Huzaifa Parhat, the prisoner whose fate was at issue in the case, has been in US custody at Guantanamo for over six years.

Jun 30, 2008

China has ordered local officials to head off any protests that could tarnish the Olympics, the government said Monday, after a violent riot by 10,000 people threw the spotlight on deep social tensions.

Jun 29, 2008

The first time, we talked over strong coffee and sweet sodas in a small cafe on the outskirts of Tirana, Albania, ignoring the strong smell of decay that permeates the fringes of a desperately poor city.

Jun 28, 2008

China is intensifying its persecution of Christians, Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists as the Olympic Games in Beijing near, according to activists for religious freedom.

Jun 27, 2008

A young undergraduate in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang describes how authorities dismantled a grassroots organization he founded to educate people about AIDS.

Jun 27, 2008

China's envoy to the strike-torn Sudanese region of Darfur on Thursday accused western media and non-governmental groups of stirring up anti-Chinese feelings among opposition groups in the African country.

Jun 27, 2008

After months of warning other countries not to politicize the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China has come under criticism from the International Olympic Committee for doing just that.

Jun 27, 2008

On 25 June 2008 about 150 Uyghurs from various EU countries led by their charismatic leader Rebiya Kadeer gathered with other supporters for a demonstration organized by the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in the European district in Brussels.

Jun 25, 2008

That slogan is everywhere nowadays in the Chinese capital. But as the Games draw near, the eight-tooth smile that Olympic hostesses have been taught is beginning to look a little strained.

Jun 25, 2008

The 17-day games were supposed to generate a buzz throughout the summer, leading to a tourism windfall with fully booked hotels, flush customers and a jubilant atmosphere.

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