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Tension in the Taiwan Strait

International | As Taiwan welcomes U.S. officials and Hong Kong activists, China takes an aggressive posture
by June Cheng
Posted 10/23/20, 05:12 pm

Lee Meng-chu, a Taiwanese man who has been in Chinese custody for more than a year, appeared on Chinese state television earlier this month to offer a “confession”: He stated he had illegally filmed military exercises in Shenzhen. Chinese officials accuse Lee, an electronics trader, of endangering China’s national security. 

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Thailand protesters defy ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/15/20, 02:55 pm

Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Bangkok on Thursday after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha declared a “severe” state of emergency. Demonstrators chanted, “release our friends,” and called police officials “slaves of dictatorship.” Thursday’s order bans large gatherings and online posts that threaten national security. Police said they detained 22 people.

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Belarusian opposition leader calls for nationwide strike

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/13/20, 05:06 pm

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya remains exiled in Lithuania after the Belarusian government pressured her to leave following the disputed Aug. 9 election. On Tuesday, she set an Oct. 25 deadline for embattled President Alexander Lukashenko to announce his resignation or “the entire country will peacefully take to the streets.”

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