Catholics in Vietnam are stepping up pressure on authorities to return church land that was confiscated decades ago, amid ongoing protests by hundreds of Hanoi residents and increasingly stern warnings from the authorities.
While the rest of China races ahead to the future, Nanjie has turned its clocks back to the 1960s and become fully communist again. For residents here, everything is free—food, housing, education, clothing—but in return, they own nothing. Tributes to Chairman Mao are everywhere. The village has drawn media attention, and curious tourists from elsewhere in China.
The United Nations’ refugee agency is calling on Thailand to free 149 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers from Laos whom it has detained at an immigration center for more than a year.