Mother of activist jailed in Vietnam for Facebook critiques of corrupt communist cadres says she was roughed up at the trial of her son, who had an unwanted defense lawyer foisted on him by police.
The Chinese-made gadget is now a target as Pyongyang begins to confiscate what may be the country's most popular electronic consumer device.
Yang Maoping was prevented from entering a prison hospital in the southern province of Guangdong where her brother has been transferred.
The government says it is concerned about the increasing cost of living, but ordinary people believe it’s not doing enough.
Thwe Thwe Win says he was deliberately struck when he asked why workers had dumped waste soil on the grounds of local Buddhist pagodas and shrines.
Houses, cars, and livestock are swept away, but no deaths are reported.
The changes comes as the Union Solidarity and Development Party gears up for by-elections in early 2017.
A blogger and his cousin receive three and two-year terms respectively for carrying out 'propaganda against the state.'