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For the First Time, Wind on the Plains Supplied More Than Half Region’s Power

Wind turbines across the Great Plains states produced, for the first time, more than half the region’s electricity Sunday.<p>The power grid that …

Renewable Energy

China Faces the Impossible Trinity

For much of the past decade, Chinese policy makers sold the idea that it alone circumvented the impossible trinity, an idea proposed long ago by Robert Mundell and Marcus Fleming. To revisit the argument, the economists argued that out of the three options of free capital flow, a fixed exchange …

Economy

China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Monday after Japan got continued U.S. backing for its dispute with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo …

China

A psychology professor shares 5 reasons you’re mentally tougher than you think

In short, science says you probably have way more potential than you even realize.<p>You've got more guts than you imagine<p>And what's true of persuading others and cranking out good ideas might also be true of mental toughness. According to Brandeis International Business School professor and my fellow …

Self-improvement

Puerto Rico nationalist unexpectedly returns after term cut

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rican nationalist who is the last of his group still serving time for his role in a violent struggle for independence for the U.S. territory unexpectedly returned to the island Thursday to serve the remainder of a sentence commuted by outgoing President Barack …

Latin America

LGBT Community Centers in Los Angeles, Milwaukee Vandalized with Slurs

When employees at the Los Angeles LGBT Center arrived at work on Friday, they were shocked to find “F**k Trannies” spray-painted in large letters across the outer walls of one of the center's buildings. The phrase was repeated twice, along with graffiti reading “F**k All Y’all” scrawled next to …

Los Angeles
Israel

China rejects 'groundless' US criticism over human rights activists' convictions

Wang Yu, who has been lauded by the American Bar Association, renounces her work and awards in what rights groups say was forced confession<p>China has rebuked the US for criticising its convictions of human rights activists, a court this week having sentenced three rights advocates and a lawyer to up …

Human Rights

U.N. rights boss decries purge in Turkey, voices concerns on China | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official urged Turkey on Wednesday to stem a “thirst for revenge” following a failed coup that has led to the arrest of more than 16,000 people and to uphold detainees’ right to due process.<p>United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al …

North Africa

Philippine Supreme Court Justice Seeks More South China Sea Legal Action

On Friday, Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Caprio said that there are legal remedies available to assert Manila’s rights over its South China Sea claims, especially since China continues to cross into the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).<p>Caprio said that the …

China
Rights & Freedoms

Progress in judicial protection of rights

Editor's note: The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on Monday issued a white paper on new progress in the judicial …

China jails prominent rights lawyer Xia Lin for 12 years on fraud charges

A Chinese court has jailed a prominent civil rights lawyer for 12 years on fraud charges, his lawyer says, a punishment rights advocates called …

China

Ai Weiwei: Xia Lin verdict exposes unfairness of China's legal system - CNN Style

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China

500,000 elderly people go missing in China every year

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> More than 1,300 elderly people go missing in China every day -- 500,000 per year, a new report claims.<p>Senior citizens aged 65 or over account for up to 80% of missing elderly person cases, according to the Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute under the Ministry of Civil …

China

Protecting Workers’ Rights in China: Q&A with Aaron Halegua

Labor unrest is on the rise in China, fueled by unpaid wages and mass layoffs amid a sputtering economy. Part of the problem, experts say, is the government’s relatively weak enforcement of labor rights and inadequate access to legal services for aggrieved workers.<p>Aaron Halegua, a practicing lawyer …

Human Rights

'We might abolish the death penalty in 20 years': He Jiahong on justice in China

Born into China’s cultural revolution, He Jiahong spent years working in the fields before studying law to win over his girlfriend’s parents. Now he is a leading authority on miscarriages of justice, and a writer of hit detective novels to boot<p>The undead take on a central role in Prof He Jiahong’s …

Human Rights

Has the time come for Hong Kong to legalise same-sex marriage?

Three controversial bills which would allow gay citizens to marry and adopt are going through Taiwan’s legislative process will, if passed, make it …

Chinese government to work with Canada on stopping flow of fentanyl

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security have agreed to work together to help slow the flow of illicit drugs …

Canada

Family of Chinese human rights lawyer fear he may have been secretly detained

Jiang Tianyong was last seen boarding a train to Beijing according to his wife who fears he has been detained by police<p>Friends and family of a respected Christian attorney who has been missing for more than a week fear he may have fallen victim to Beijing’s campaign against human rights lawyers and …

Rights & Freedoms

E.U. 'extremely troubled' by 'deterioration' of China's human rights | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - The European Union (EU) is “extremely troubled” by the human rights situation in China and has called for the immediate release of wrongly detained individuals, it said on Friday.<p>“During the past year, we have been extremely troubled about the deterioration of the situation with …

Human Rights

New Chinese Law Puts Foreign Nonprofits in Limbo

Many NGOs could be made illegal on Jan. 1 amid campaign against unwanted foreign influences<p>By<p>Josh Chin<p>Josh Chin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@joshchin<p>Josh.Chin@wsj.com<p>BEIJING—Hundreds of international nonprofits in China are bracing for the new year when a law rolled out as part of President Xi …

China

Foreign NGOs on back foot as new Chinese law looms | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign organisations including social and environmental advocacy groups fear they could inadvertently break broadly defined new rules that take effect in China next month, with some even shutting up shop to avoid such pitfalls.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping’s administration has …

China

China police confirm detention of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

The activist’s family are still waiting to hear from him despite officials saying he was released more than two weeks ago<p>Police in China have confirmed that a respected human rights attorney was detained, his lawyer said, nearly a month after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances amid a …

Human Rights

California's new pot economy valued at $7 billion

The future of California's legal<p>marijuanaindustry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising "USA Home Grown" dangles from a wall.<p>Here, in the outskirts of …

Cannabis