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China jails citizen activists up to 6 1/2 years

In this Thursday April 3, 2008 file photo, Li Fangping, center, the lawyer for civil rights activist Hu Jia, speaks to reporters outside the Beijing No. 1 People's Intermediate Court, after Hu was sentenced to three and a half years jail, in Beijing. Around 20 attorneys gathered Saturday, June 7, 2014, in a central Chinese city to demand access to several activists detained ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square military suppression of protesters. Prominent rights lawyer Li said the attorneys staged an overnight protest starting Friday outside the Zhengzhou city police bureau after authorities denied their requests for weeks to see their clients.  AP

A court in eastern China on Thursday sentenced to up to 6 ½ years in prison three activists who were part of a nascent civil rights movement that has urged government officials to publicly disclose their assets.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palace denies instigating raps vs Aquino heckler

President Benigno Aquino III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Presidential Security Group did not file charges against the student activist who heckled President Benigno Aquino in Naga City on Independence Day, Malacañang said Saturday, denying claims it was out to harass the young man.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Syrian army missile kills 23, including 8 kids

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian young inspecting the rubble of houses that were destroyed by airstrikes from the Syrian government forces in Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Syrian rebels captured a village in northwestern Syria on Sunday, killing more than a dozen government troops in heavy clashes and prompting the military to carry out airstrikes to try to dislodge the fighters, activists said. AP

A missile crashed into a rebel-held Syrian town while most people were at home sleeping, killing at least 23 people, including an entire family, activists said Tuesday.

Posted: May 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Activist really an NPA leader, says military

Government operatives arrested an antimining activist in South Cotabato, claiming that he was a ranking officer of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in southeastern Mindanao.

Posted: May 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Killing of environmental activists rises globally

In this July 6, 2012 file photo, candles are lit at the very spot where Dutch environmental activist Wilhem Geertman, a former religious missionary who helped poor farmers affected by illegal logging and mining, was killed allegedly in a robbery attempt in San Fernando city, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. AP

As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »