Full story - September 02, 2014
Pro-democracy activists clash with the police during a protest outside the hotel where China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Deputy General Secretary Li Fei is staying in Hong Kong on September 1, 2014.
Hong Kong will elect its chief executive for the first time in 2017, but Beijing announced this weekend that the city will have to choose from a short slate of pre-approved candidates. Many Hong Kongers say that violates the mainland's pledges to allow democracy, and protesters are gearing up for action.
Full story - August 29, 2014
Pro-democracy demonstrators wearing Anonymous masks hold placards during a protest march demanding universal suffrage for Macau on May 1, 2012. The placard reads "Vote for Chief Executive."
Just like in Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists in Macau have set up a referendum demanding the right to directly elect their leader. And just like in Hong Kong, the Chinese government isn't pleased.
Full story - August 27, 2014
A group of Russian servicemen detained by Ukrainian authorities attend a news conference in Kiev on August 27, 2014. Ukraine said on Tuesday its forces had captured a group of Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a "special mis
Ukraine has displayed Russian soldiers it says were part of an unannounced Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. But Russian journalists have also also sniffed out possible hidden evidence of that invasion by tracking down the graves of dead Russian soldiers on social media.
Full story - August 26, 2014
Residents in an Ebola quarantine area in the West Point of Monrovia, Liberia, complain to a security officer as they wait for their relatives to bring them food and essentials on August 23, 2014.
About 50 percent of people infected with Ebola in the current West African outbreak are surviving, but they're returning home to communities that often shun survivors. That's because many people don't understand how Ebola spreads, but some campaigns are now trying to raise awareness.
A police officer patrols the street as a little girl watches from her doorstep in the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, on May 27, 2010.
The death of Mario Deane in a Jamaican jail cell became the latest flashpoint between citizens and police officers in Jamaica, which has a long history of police brutality.
People wear green bands in support of the Iranian opposition movement during the funeral of dissident Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the holy city of Qom on December 21, 2009.
Iran's parliament impeached science minister Reza Faraji-Dana this week over allegations of extremism stemming from the country's 2009 "Green Movement" protests. The sharply divided vote shows how the protests are still a powerful issue in Iranian politics.
On his recent visit to South Korea, Pope Francis ditched the famous Popemobile for a Kia Soul, a hatchback made by a Korean company. That choice of wheels got glowing reviews on social media from South Koreans.
Full story - August 14, 2014
Ukrainian servicemen read newspapers as they rest at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve in the Donetsk Region on August 6, 2014.
Ukraine's parliament is considering a Russian-style law that would crack down on dissent in media and online, but the measure has sparked a backlash from journalists and even former government officials.
A local woman on a crutch shouts at Chinese paramilitary police as a crowd of angry locals confront security forces on a street in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region in 2009.
Uighur Muslims in the city of Karamay are banned from wearing headscarves, having beards or other religiously linked items while using public transportation for the duration of a local sports competition. But the ban may become permanent and stoke tensions between Uighurs and the Chinese government.
Full story - August 08, 2014
A WeChat user shows off the popular app on her phone.
WeChat does it all for almost 400 million users, from texting to paying bills. Now China's government will force Chinese users to register using their real names, sparking fears that the order is an attempt to clamp down on speech and privacy.

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