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Hong Kong Clears Remaining Protest Sites

voanews.com — Authorities in Hong Kong have begun a final push to clear barricades and encampments from streets outside government offices in the port city, drawing more than two months of pro-democracy protests to a close. VOA's Bill Ide reports.

N. Korea, China Criticize US Over CIA Torture Report

voanews.com — The United States frequently voices concerns about human rights abuses in China and North Korea. But now, both nations are taking Washington to task after a U.S. Senate report said the CIA tortured suspected terrorists.

China Catching Coffee Buzz

voanews.com — China has long been a tea-drinking nation. But, increasingly Chinese interest in a different brew is starting to percolate both in the country's massive cities and the mountains of southern Yunnan Province. In big cities such as Beijing, coffee shops are seemingly on almost every corner.

China Quiet as Hong Kong, Taiwan Challenges Grow

voanews.com — As Taiwan's Beijing-friendly president resigns as head of his party, and protesters in Hong Kong talk about a longer-term struggle for democracy, Beijing has played it cool, downplaying the significance of the recent tensions. Bill Ide reports from Beijing.

China Quiet as Challenges in Hong Kong, Taiwan Grow

voanews.com — As Taiwan's Beijing-friendly president resigns as head of his party, and protesters in Hong Kong talk about a longer-term struggle for democracy, Beijing has played it cool, downplaying the significance of the recent tensions and their possible long-term impact. On Wednesday, Hong Kong's Occupy Central said 65 protesters, including the group's founders, turned themselves in to authorities.

In China’s Guangzhou, Ebola and Crackdown on Illegals Hits Trade Hard

voanews.com — China has not recorded a case of Ebola, but the disease is affecting trade in southern Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in Asia. At a time of anxiety over infections, authorities have launched an intensified crackdown on visa over stayers and illegal businesses.

Ebola, Crackdown on Illegals Hit Business in Guangzhou

voanews.com — In China's southern city Guangzhou it is clear that although Ebola has not reached this country's shores, the threat of the disease is already having an impact. The city with the largest community of Africans in Asia is undergoing an intensified crackdown against unregistered businesses and visa overstays, adding to an atmosphere of suspicion for foreigners.

VOA EXCLUSIVE: Hotel in Guangzhou Serves as China’s Loose Ebola Quarantine

voanews.com — Like many countries, China is taking extensive steps to keep the deadly Ebola virus from reaching its shores. But the government has released little information about just what those measures include. In China's southern port Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in all of Asia, is a hotel where travelers from Ebola hit countries are required to stay while being monitored by health workers.

Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

voanews.com — The fate of the Hong Kong protests is at a crossroads. A new public opinion survey indicates 83 percent of people say pro-democracy protesters should end their street demonstrations. Even the movement's founders have suggested protesters find other ways to press for open elections of Hong Kong's top leader in 2017.

Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

voanews.com — William Ide, Prospero Laput New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA's Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @meghara: China Daily story lauding Min of Public Security transparency includes line "The MPS couldn't be reached for comment" chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2014-12/1…

Dec 15, 2014

Inner Mongolian Court Exonerates Teenager Executed for Murder nyti.ms/1uHP7Pf

Dec 11, 2014

RT @fion_li: After grace period, protesters can only leave from designated routes and could hv legal consequences @BloombergNews pic.twitter.com/fHYPGdrr2v

Dec 11, 2014

A pollution solution in China? Burn money! paper money that is... not Coal. news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/…

Dec 11, 2014

RT @jgriffiths: Beyond politics, Occupy Admiralty gave a glimpse of what a city designed for people, rather than cars and businesses, can look like.

Dec 10, 2014

(2) because no one knows better than he that we're all standing at the edge of the shaft."

Dec 10, 2014

(1) Nice quote in USAToday story from Charlie LeDuff "At the end of the day, the Detroiter may be the most important American there is.....

Dec 10, 2014

As Detroit moves on .... @usatoday w/ 19 shocking facts about Detroit's bankruptcy usat.ly/1baVHrM

Dec 10, 2014

China releases one of its longest-serving political prisoners, relative says reut.rs/131NXIE via @reuters

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