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2006-02-26 06:34:26

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Trisanat Kongkhunthian BANGKOK (Reuters) - Buddhist monks and nuns of the "Dharma Army" led thousands of people at a demonstration against embattled Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Sunday as opposition parties failed to agree to boycott a snap election. "Give our country back," and "Ethics first," they chanted against Thaksin, a former tycoon accused of undermining the checks and balances of the constitution and tailoring policy to suit his...

2006-02-24 06:49:15

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rounded up at least eight democracy campaigners involved in hunger strikes that have spread to more than 16 provinces, a leading activist said on Friday. Most of those detained in the past 10 days had gone on hunger strikes to protest what they call increasingly violent harassment of dissidents by the government, Gao Zhisheng, a Beijing-based lawyer, told Reuters by telephone. "It's because we have made the government look really bad by the...

2006-02-22 02:11:21

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The trial of a Chinese researcher charged with exposing state secrets while working for the New York Times is expected before the end of March, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Zhao Yan worked for the paper before his arrest in September 2004. He faces 10 years in jail or more after security officials charged him with telling the paper details of rivalry between China's outgoing Communist Party leader, Jiang Zemin, and new leader Hu Jintao. "The...

2006-02-21 22:46:54

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese journalist, jailed for splashing paint over a portrait of Mao Zedong during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, is due to be freed on Wednesday, his mother and a rights activist said, ahead of President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States. The release of Yu Dongyue, who rights groups say suffered a mental breakdown after persistent prison beatings, would leave about 70 Chinese political prisoners still serving time for their...

2006-02-21 03:50:10

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ninety-nine percent of people tried in China for "endangering state security" are found guilty, a prominent human rights activist said on Tuesday, calling on President Hu Jintao to release two detained journalists. Such state security cases -- many involving perceived threats to Communist rule, spying or the theft of murkily defined state secrets -- have the highest conviction rate of any crime in China, said John Kamm, head of the U.S.-based Dui Hua...

2006-02-14 00:53:11

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - A former secretary to Chairman Mao Zedong and a dozen other senior Chinese scholars and ex-officials have denounced the shutdown of an investigative weekly in a spreading battle over censorship. They said the closing of the Freezing Point section of the China Youth Daily was an "historic incident" in a struggle between Communist Party controls and calls for media freedom. "History demonstrates that only a totalitarian system needs news...

2006-02-07 07:43:59

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's crackdown on domestic non-governmental organizations has forced an AIDS activist to quit the group he set up after international funding dried up and some volunteers resigned in the face of intimidation. Hu Jia's activism set him on a collision course with the Communist Party, which has stepped up curbs on NGOs, the media, the Internet, lawyers, academics and civil rights campaigners to maintain its grip on power. Hu announced his...

2006-01-06 09:09:17

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A blind activist in China and his family have been placed under house arrest for four months and he was beaten by thugs when he tried to venture out, after exposing forced abortions in his home province on the east coast. Club-wielding goons believed to be hired by local authorities have been posted outside Chen Guangcheng's one-storey brick home in Dongshigu, a farming village in Shandong province, since September 6 to prevent him, his wife...

2006-01-03 17:01:49

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Chinese journalist jailed for subversion after reporting on corruption in northeastern China has been released a year early, a U.S.-based human rights activist said on Tuesday. Jiang Weiping, who had been serving a six-year sentence for supplying state secrets and inciting subversion, was released from prison on Tuesday, said John Kamm, whose Dui Hua Foundation in San Francisco works to secure the release of Chinese political prisoners. The sentence, to...

2005-12-28 01:15:12

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A military doctor who exposed China's SARS cover-up has been barred from visiting the United States, in keeping with curbs imposed after he asked for a re-appraisal of the 1989 Tiananmen protests, sources said on Wednesday. Jiang Yanyong's request to quit the People's Liberation Army was also refused, apparently to allow the military to continue to rein him in, two sources familiar with his plight told Reuters. "They won't let him leave the...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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