Boeing’s commercial space taxi is now officially named Starliner

Boeing has a new name for its future commercial space taxi. Originally titled the CST-100, the company renamed the vehicle the Starliner. The announcement was made this morning as NASA unveiled the new facility where the Starliner will be built. Boeing is taking up shop in one of the former Space Shuttle maintenance hangars at […]

Bomb Explosion Kills Two Chinese in Laos

An early morning bomb blast at a road construction site near a military camp in Laos’ Xaysomboun province killed two Chinese officials and injured a third on Jan 24, RFA’s Lao Service has learned. The explosion near a work camp outside the Pha Nok Kok village in the Long Cheang district occurred about 8 a.m. […]

Brexit Will Fundamentally Change The Future Of Europe

Some 33 million people in the U.K. voted in Thursday’s referendum, but their votes will affect the lives of over 500 million people living throughout the European Union. The 52 percent to 48 percent victory of the British campaign to leave the EU is a historic moment not only for the country, but also for […]

Cambodian Activist Gunned Down in Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH — Prominent Cambodian political activist and commentator Kem Ley was shot dead in broad daylight while sitting in a coffee shop at a gas station in Phnom Penh Sunday. The popular public figure was an outspoken critic of the government and the founder of the Grass Roots Democracy Party. His killing has intensified […]

Catholic Youth Activists Released After 4-Year Sentences in Vietnam

Two Catholic youth activists released from prison this week after serving four years on charges of attempting to overthrow Vietnam’s communist government said Thursday they refused to accept their convictions and vowed to continue their activism. Tran Minh Nhat was arrested on August 27, 2011 and sentenced 4 years in jail and 3 years probation. […]

Challenges to Women Rights in the UN-declared Disputed Region of Gilgit Baltistan

By Senge Sering, World Economic & Resource Council September 18, 2015 Agenda Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Honorable Mr. President, WERC is deeply concerned at the worsening incidences of violence against women as ensuring equal rights, and recognizing that […]

Chill in Taiwan-China Ties Expected After Change of Leadership

TAIPEI— As Taipei’s president-elect prepares to take office in May, ever tense but recently improved relations between China and Taiwan appear headed into a new slump, with the two sides unable to agree on how to hold talks that would build trust and allow the signing of agreements. If China and Taiwan avoid each other […]

China Targets 197 in Online Speech Crackdown

WASHINGTON— Chinese police authorities are punishing nearly 200 people for their online activities in a renewed effort to limit what can be said on the Internet. As first reported by the official Xinhua service, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement Sunday that 197 individuals were targeted in the “special campaign” for allegedly […]

Chinese Man Killed and Others Injured in Laos Shootings

A Chinese man was killed and eight other people were injured this week in three near-simultaneous shootings about 125 miles north of the Lao capital of Vientiane, RFA’s Lao Service has learned. On March 1, a shooting in Phoukhoun district in Luang Prabang province killed a Chinese man and injured three other Chinese nationals who […]

Chinese Navy Ships Entered U.S. Waters Legally, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — Five Chinese Navy ships that sailed this week off the coast of Alaska entered United States territorial waters, but they have since left the area, Pentagon officials said on Friday. Capt. Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, said that at one point the ships had come within 12 nautical miles of the United […]

Chinese Rights Activist Disappears During Journey to Seek Political Asylum

A rights activist and former columnist at a top Chinese newspaper who had tried to defect to India four months ago has been missing for 10 days after boarding a train in Thailand en route to Laos on a quest to reach western countries, where he planned to apply for political asylum, his wife said […]

Countries need to step up search of disappeared persons – UN human rights group

18 September 2015 – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances today urged countries to make the search of disappeared persons a priority, saying that governments now have more information on the number of mobile phones than on the number of disappeared persons. “One person is probably being disappeared in one of […]