In the past, the totalitarian regime had refused to discuss rights issue, but in recent weeks has held rare UN briefings, ostensibly in a bid to growing global criticism. -AFP
The protesters have blocked key intersections for a month in their demand for fully-democratic elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017. -Reuters
Mark Simon, the right-hand man of pro-democracy newspaper magnate Jimmy Lai, has moved his family out of Hong Kong for safety and has been pressed to deny that he is a US spy. -Reuters
Photos circulating on social media show a smiling replica of Xi sporting a yellow ribbon on his lapel late Wednesday at Hong Kong's branch of the popular wax museum.-AFP
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered bureaucrats to forgo the luxury of flying first class and start paying for their spouses' air tickets. -Reuters
Communist power is a "fundamental requirement" to ensure the rule of law in China, a party official said Thursday, days after a meeting of the organisation's top leaders in Beijing. -...
Hong Kong has boosted its number of starred restaurants due to an influx of foreign chefs, Michelin said Friday as it released its 2015 guide for the southern Chinese city. -AFP
The plan includes reconstruction timetables demanded by Aquino who last week criticised the pace of rebuilding, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. -AFP
China is "vulnerable" to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday. -...
Taiwanese tycoon Wei Ying Chung was slapped with nearly 140 fraud charges on Thursday over his alleged role in Taiwan's latest food safety scare, prosecutors said. -AFP

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