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Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday — the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban....

UK parliament cuts e-mail access after cyberattack

LONDON: Britain's parliament shut down external access to e-mail accounts on Saturday (Jun 24) following a cyberattack. Parliamentary authorities described the attack as "sustained and determined", in an email sent to lawmakers and published by the Daily Telegraph. "Earlier this morning we ......

Syrian government says frees 672 prisoners

BEIRUT: Syria's government said on Saturday it released 672 prisoners who had promised to accept the state's authority, a move it said was aimed at bolstering a "reconciliation" process. Reconciliation is the term the government uses for local deals with rebels for them to either disarm and accept ...

The ‘Perfect Police State’ is Emerging in Xinjiang

Tom Phillips at The Guardian reports that Xinjiang is experiencing an unprecedented security surge following the appointment of Chen Quanguo as the Party Secretary of the Uyghur autonomous region. Chen’s surge has led to an exponential increase in the presence of security forces and the creat...

Did Law Rule in Yu Huan’s Sentence Reduction?

In February, Yu Huan from Liaocheng in Shandong received a life sentence for stabbing several loan sharks—one fatally—who were harassing his mother. The case prompted a popular outcry, both over the harshness of the punishment and the alleged negligence of police officers who had previously left...