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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Last night was the opening of the seasonal open air Bastah Market, located in the heart of the business district adjacent to Jeddah's North Corniche.  It is near the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and the world's largest flagpole. &
He says he has no overseas assets to freeze and no intention of traveling to the US.Cambodias Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday challenged the U.S. and EU to act on threats to freeze his overseas assets and those of other government officials seen as
Likeable. Upbeat. Adorable. Genuine. These are words I would use to describe the refreshing Emerati couple in this video, Khalid Al Ameri and his lovely wife Salama Mohamed.  The parents of three young children, the Al Ameris live in Abu Dha
Yangon police say that a group of authorities took the Reuters journalists away from the Htauk Kyant Police Station.The families of two Myanmar reporters for Reuters news agency arrested for allegedly violating Myanmars state secrets act said Friday
Major news sources are breaking with the news that King Salman of Saudi Arabia has reversed the decades long ban on women driving in the country.  I have written many posts complaining about the frustrations of not being allowed to drive her
Move is seen as an effort to make it easier to import or smuggle goods from China as sanctions bite.North Korea is dismantling guard posts along major roads in areas near China in a bid to ease traffic and the flow of smuggled and imported goods in t
Migrant workers in Shaanxi province fear that an official policy of getting rid of low-income groups may be spreading across the country from Beijing.As Beijing clears thousands of low-income migrant workers from the city following fatal dormitory fi
A heartbreaking note penned by the widow of China's Nobel peace prize winner gives a window into her desperate state of mind.Liu Xia, widow of late Nobel peace laureate and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, is shut up in an apartment, "talking to myself
Observers welcome the move, which comes ahead of a planned trade agreement.The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Vietnams authorities for jailing activist blogger Nguyen Van Hoa, detaining citizens who voice opinions critical of
Pro-democracy lawmakers, hit by the loss of six seats in recent months, will now be less able to monitor and question the workings of the administration, critics say.Authorities in Hong Kong on Friday removed a number of pro-democracy lawmakers from
Activists and the leader of the countrys Catholic Church hit back against the Letpadaung copper mine and Myitsone dam.Myanmar activists and the leader of the countrys Catholic Church on Thursday hit out at two controversial Chinese-operated infrastru
The CNRP president says he should be freed to help resolve the countrys political crisis.The head of Cambodias now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) requested that a court in the countrys capital drop all charges against him
Many of the victims were shot and others were burned in their homes, MSF reports.At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed during the first month of a crackdown in Myanmar this year, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Thursday in a report based on
They call on the government to immediate free two Reuters journalists arrested on Tuesday.A dozen Myanmar media groups, the United Nations, the European Union, and international rights organizations condemned the arrests of two Reuters journalists an
More than 3,300 of Bullaqsus residents are jailed or in political re-education camps.Authorities in northwest Chinas Xinjiang region have detained nearly 10 percent of the population of a township in ethnic Uyghur-dominated Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi
The move further tightens Chinese authorities' restrictions at the once-sprawling Tibetan Buddhist study center.Authorities in western Chinas Sichuan province have further tightened controls at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, setting up checkpoints
A letter calling on the city's party chief to resign over the mass eviction of low-income migrants from elsewhere in China is quickly expunged from social media sites.Authorities in the Chinese capital have stepped up mass evictions of low-income mig
The Committee to Protect Journalists says many jailed journalists have been given 'a slow death sentence' through lack of adequate medical care.As governments jailed a record number of journalists around the world in 2017, a U.S.-based press freedom
The campaign is a gross violation of human rights, a watchdog says.Authorities are collecting DNA samples and other biometric data from all residents aged 12-65 of northwest Chinas Xinjiang region, which is home to more than 11 million Muslim ethnic
Top American diplomat says US open to talk anytime North wants, but White House says time not ripe.A day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is ready to talk to North Korea without preconditions, the White House and State De
Win Myat Aye says the government is prepared to accept those who want to return to northern Rakhine state.Myanmar will begin accepting back Rohingya Muslim refugees from Bangladesh on Jan. 22, said Win Myat Aye, the country's minister of social welfa
The Reuters reporters are accused of illegally possessing government documents on the crisis in northern Rakhine state.Myanmar police have arrested two domestic journalists working for Reuters news agency for violating the state secrets law by allege
At a hearing in Washington, they are warned that actions are needed to save Cambodian democracy.The Committee on Foreign Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives has called for a list of individuals and businesses in Cambodia who should be subje
Signs posted at a major crossing warn would-be migrants against being lured into servitude by false promises.Lao authorities are tightening controls at a crossing on the border with Thailand, posting warning signs and interviewing travelers in a bid
Authorities drop the more serious charge of 'leaking state secrets' but with try the activist for 'incitement to subvert state power.'Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei are moving ahead with the subversion trial of rights website fo
Thefts of devices holding sensitive information prompt the government order, issued in September.North Korea has issued orders severely restricting the use of portable computer devices and memory chips in government and other offices following the re
The highly choreographed event strikes a moderate tone that activists say isn't echoed among the wider population.China on Wednesday marked the 80th anniversary of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre with black-clad soldiers, wailing sirens and doves, while th
Large crowds gather under the watch of Chinese police to commemorate the death anniversary of a major religious Buddhist teacher.Monasteries in Tibet and across Tibetan-populated regions of China observed the death anniversary of one of Tibetan Buddh
Her husband says she was illegally arrested after applying for a passport.An ethnic Uyghur woman jailed for attempting to flee the country has died due to complications from a medical condition that was left untreated while in detention, according to
Financial assistance to the organization is suspended because of the governments breakup of the main opposition political party.The European Union on Tuesday said it is suspending financial assistance to Cambodias National Election Committee, citing
Retired university professor Wang Fandi is cremated following a funeral packed with his former students and family members of those killed or maimed in 1989.The Tiananmen Mothers victims group on Tuesday mourned the passing of another elderly parent
Luo Lanqing, a 'big tweeter' with a social media following of 190,000, is detained after calling out official corruption and environmental pollution.Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei have detained a man with nearly 200,000 follower
They demand the prime minister release jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha and reinstate the Cambodia National Rescue PartyMore than a thousand Cambodians living in the United States, Canada, and France demonstrated in front of the Cambodian embassy i
Hua Yong had spent several weeks documenting the city-wide mass eviction of out-of-town migrants from Beijing.Concerns were growing on Monday for Beijing-based artist and activist Hua Yong, who has been incommunicado since last week after documenting
The move follows the signing of an agreement with ASEAN members in November that protects the rights of migrant workers.Myanmars Labor Ministry is seeking labor migration agreements with the governments of other Southeast Asian countries and territor
A California-based exile group calls Mother Mushroom, the Brotherhood for Democracy, and others 'among the bravest of our people.'Writers and democracy advocates jailed in Vietnam for the peaceful expression of their opinions were honored in absentia
The Human Rights Day protest comes after thousands of migrant laborers and small traders are forced from their homes in the capital in the name of fire safety.Hundreds of migrant workers took to the streets of the Chinese capital on Human Rights Day
Pham Minh Tuan was kept captive in southern Philippines jungles for more than a year.Abu Sayyaf kidnapers executed a Vietnamese hostage after holding him captive for more than a year in the southern Philippines, the military said Monday. The body of
Capital flight is feared as the Chinese Communist Party steers the flow.China's government has intensified its crackdown on overseas investment despite claims that concerns about foreign exchange reserves have eased. Last December, government agencie
The explosions are the latest attacks by unknown persons in the violence-ridden region.Four Myanmar army soldiers were injured on Friday when their convoy hit three mines in Myebon township in western Myanmars turbulent Rakhine state, police and stat
Unidentified people are using social media to spread false information that President Htin Kyaw will soon resign.Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi quelled rumors about the health of President Htin Kyaw on Friday in response to a post on social
Dinh La Thang is stripped of his Party posts and now faces charges in a crackdown on corruption.Vietnamese police on Friday arrested Communist Party Central Committee member Dinh La Thang on charges of economic mismanagement while serving as chairman
But observers say it is highly unlikely that the ruling will be overturned by the pliant court.Cambodias opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Friday filed an appeal to reverse a ruling by the nations highest court to dissolve it, sayin
The order comes amid a clampdown during Chinas annual Communist Party Congress.Authorities in China have expanded a recall of passports from Uyghurs residing within the northwest region of Xinjiang to include members of the ethnic groups throughout t
It has now been five years since the rural development expert vanished in police custody.The wife of disappeared Lao rural development activist Sombath Somphone called on the government of Laos on Thursday to answer questions surrounding the fate of
Beijing's narrow focus on basic economic rights means those less powerful are unable to speak out for themselves, activists say.An overseas-based rights group has hit out at Beijing's attempts to "weaken" international human rights norms, as the ruli
Feng Xiuqin's death was the result of unbearable emotional trauma and sleep-deprivation after the authorities detained her husband, her family say.A petitioner in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu has died suddenly amid an ongoing battle for re
Finding life difficult in South Korea, they go back to North Korea and identify others with contacts in the South.A North Korean man and woman who escaped their country separately and married later in South Korea have gone home and are helping state
Chinese cybersecurity police tell activist Zhang Guanghong that they obtained evidence against him using a security 'backdoor.'Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have formally arrested a man for "insulting" the country's presid
The government says the move will not influence Cambodias internal affairs.Cambodias government on Thursday urged the U.S. to reconsider visa restrictions announced in response to an ongoing crackdown against the political opposition and freedom of e