China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy

Chinese villagers are taking their fight to retrieve an allegedly stolen 1,000-year-old mummified monk to a Dutch court on Friday. The monk’s remains, which are inside a Buddha statue, were taken from a temple in the small Chinese village of Yangchun in Fujian province in 1995. The villagers say a Dutch collector, whom they are […]

Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident cremated in private ceremony

Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony in the north-eastern city of Shenyang. His ashes were later scattered in the sea, his brother said. Mr Liu, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion”, died of liver cancer on Thursday. He was China’s most […]

Tony Blair says EU could compromise on freedom of movement

Some EU leaders may be prepared to compromise on the free movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market, Tony Blair has said. He told the Today programme one option was for Britain “staying within a reformed EU”. The ex-PM said he would not disclose conversations he had had in Europe – […]

Poland MPs back controversial judiciary bill

Poland’s parliament has approved a bill to give MPs and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting judicial circles. Opposition parties and human rights groups say this would erode the independence of the judiciary. The governing Law and Justice party says the reforms are needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serves […]

Idaho news station apologizes for using photo of Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson in unrelated bank robbery story

An local CBS news affiliate in Idaho has issued a public apology to Black Lives Matter activist and educator DeRay McKesson after the station used a photo of McKesson in an unrelated story about a bank robbery. Screenshots of tweets that the news station KBOI sent on Friday night showed an image of McKesson underneath the headline, […]

Philippine troops’ clash with communist rebels leaves 9 dead

The violence happened despite a statement by government officials and rebel peace negotiators that they would suspend offensives to allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that in southern Marawi city. Philippine troops clashed on Wednesday with communist rebels in the south, leaving eight rebels and a soldier […]

China sends troops to Djibouti for opening of military base

China began construction of a logistics base in strategically located Djibouti last year that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular. Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing’s first overseas military base, in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have left China […]