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Three journalists killed in January 

There are 334 jailed, mostly in China, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria.  

Reporters Without Borders has asked the authorities of Mexico to investigate if the killing of Rafael Murúa Manríquez, 34, was connected with his work as a radio journalist. All the evidences are pointing to that connection, because Murúa had had death threats linked to his journalistic work and his criticism of the mayor of Mulegé, […]

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New Catholic Bishop for China

China is preparing to ordain a second bishop with the Pope’s approval, the spokesman for a Catholic diocese said on Tuesday, a possible sign of easing relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican, the South China Morning Post reports. The possible ordination in central Henan province of Cosmos Ji Chengyi as bishop of Zhumadian […]

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Hong Kong, Official Version

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stated that the territory has not total autonomy in China and must comply with the “relevant interpretations and decisions” of Beijing. Not doing so, he warned, could lead to anarchy.

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Hong Kong – betrayed by China. And abandoned by the British | Anson Chan | Comment is free | The Observer

Hong Kong – betrayed by China. And abandoned by the British | Anson Chan | The Observer.  

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Hong Kong's troubles

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled against the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong to elect their next leader in 2017 by universal suffrage without restrictions, and established instead a system of election among “two or three” candidates screened by a nominating committee.

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The future of democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, is going to present a report to Beijing requesting the start of the electoral reform process. His report should reflect strong demands from Hong Kong residents for genuine universal suffrage, Human Rights Watch said today in a press release.

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Russia, China Veto on Syria

Russia an China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Military spending falls in the West, rises everywhere else

World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012. The fall comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent, according to SIPRI.

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Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International.

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Turkey and the Internet

The EU has criticised the new Turkey’s legislation approved by the parliament that tightens the controls over the use of the Internet. The new bill would allow the authorities to block web sites without court order if their content is considered offensive or insulting. The Internet providers would be forced to give users data to the authorities, again without court order, and without notifying the users affected.

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