From the lease of Hong Kong after the Opium War to the return of the city to China in July 1, 1997, this chronology examines the history of Hong Kong during the 99 years of British rule and the years after the handover.
A Uyghur source reports that numerous Uyghur youths have been detained as part of a new “strike hard” campaign against ethnic separatism.
On June 11, the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level of the H1N1 virus to level 6, officially declaring the disease a global pandemic. Asian governments are taking preventive measures and informing citizens. This interactive map will be continuously updated to follow the spread of the disease.
East Asia is home to a vast and growing traffic in humans, most of them in the sex trade.
Chen Guang was 17 and a soldier in 1989, when orders came down on June 3 to clear Tiananmen Square of student-led protesters, by force if necessary. Chen says he didn’t shoot anyone, but the crackdown has stayed with him—inspiring much of his painting since he graduated from the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in 1997. Photos of Chen Guang's oil paintings by the artist. Reporting by Li Ruoqing.
Burmese migrants fleeing poverty and repression at home survive at the whim and mercy of the high seas, human traffickers, and officials who sometimes sell them for cash. Photo: RFA/Kyaw Min Htun.
Tensions have surged since North Korea’s May 25 nuclear test, its second since 2006. Following is a timeline of Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Source: Reuters and AP
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Vulnerable, impoverished Burmese migrants are easy prey for human traffickers in Malaysia, but activists say U.S. attention to the issue could help bring about a crackdown.