Frances Martel

Frances Martel

The Associated Press

North Korea, U.S. Not Set on Trump-Kim Summit Topics One Week Out

An unnamed diplomatic source revealed to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo on Wednesday that, despite being a week away from the event, the U.S. and North Korea have not confirmed a discussion agenda for the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un.

N. Korea faces 'historic turning point', says state media ahead of summit

North Korea Predicts ‘Major Breakthrough’ at Second Trump-Kim Summit

An article at a North Korean government propaganda site predicted a “major breakthrough” in upcoming talks between dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, shortly before the official state newspaper urged North Koreans to “tighten [their] shoe strings” to prepare for national changes.

China faces grilling over internment camps at UN review

China Allows Cuban, Venezuelan Diplomats to Tour Muslim Internment Camps

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper praised the nation’s internment camps for Muslim ethnic minorities once again on Sunday, announcing that diplomats from Cuba, Venezuela, and other dictatorships will receive tours of the “vocational centers” to tell the world of their success.

Artist Bruguera tackles global migrant row at Tate Modern

Cuban Dissidents Nearly Doubles Participation in Hunger Strike Against Regime to 43 People

The head of the dissident organization Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) announced Friday that the number of pro-democracy activists staging a hunger strike against the regime’s violence has risen to 43 people, following a week of raids of UNPACU members’ homes in which police beat and arbitrarily imprisoned many of its leaders.

In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties …

Turkey Touts U.S. Support in Challenging China’s Muslim Internment Camps

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency touted United States support in defending the rights of Chinese Uighur Muslims, noting Friday that America’s embassy in Ankara expressed solidarity with the country for challenging the Communist Party’s mass internment of the ethnic minority.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 24, 2019 shows (L) Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido waving to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew military …

Guaidó Envoy: Nicolás Maduro Can Run in Free Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó’s envoy to Rome, Francisco Sucre, said in an interview this week that when the nation’s opposition organizes a free and fair election, dictator Nicolás Maduro will have the option of putting his name on the ballot.

Cuba hands over US national sought by Interpol

Nearly Two Dozen Cuban Dissidents on Hunger Strike After Violent Crackdown

The head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a Cuban pro-democracy organization, announced Wednesday that 23 members of the group are on hunger strike after violent raids resulted in a mass arrest of fellow members in anticipation of the communist regime staging a fraudulent “constitutional referendum” this month.

Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out US intervention to force Maduro's hand

Maduro’s Vice President Tells Venezuelans Not to Eat ‘Poisoned’ U.S. Food Aid

Delcy Rodríguez, who officially served as vice president of Venezuela until the inauguration of interim President Juan Guaidó in January but has refused to step down, warned Venezuelans on Tuesday that shipments of food aid from the United States were “carcinogenic” and part of a plot to kill them.

Philippines arrests Duterte critic journalist Maria Ressa

Philippines Arrests Time Person of the Year on ‘Cyber Libel’ Charges

Police in the Philippines arrested Maria Ressa, the CEO of the major online publication Rappler, and former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr., on Wednesday on charges of “cyber libel” for an article quoting a government intelligence report accusing a wealthy businessman of having ties to drug trafficking.

Turkish nationalists holds placards reading 'Turkey save your Brother-China get out from east Turkhistan' and hold a Chinese flag, during a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2015. Turkish media reported restrictions on Muslim Uighurs worshipping …

China Issues Travel Warning for ‘Irresponsible’ Turkey After Uighur Defense

The Chinese government issued a warning to its citizens Tuesday urging them to “be wary and pay attention to their personal safety” while in Turkey, a response to the Turkish government’s condemnation of Beijing imprisoning up to two million of its Muslim citizens in internment camps.

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‘God Is Not Neutral’: Hispanic Celebrities Criticize Pope over Venezuela Stance

Some of the Latin American music industry’s biggest names criticized the Vatican this week for its lukewarm stance on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging Pope Francis, himself South American, to support the majority of the country against dictator Nicolás Maduro’s violent socialist regime.

China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city

‘Great Shame for Humanity’: Turkey Condemns China’s Muslim Internment Camps

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a stern condemnation of China’s policy of using internment camps to torture and “re-educate” Uighur nationals and other Muslims into communist atheist ideology and Han culture on Saturday, triggering an outraged response from Beijing Monday accusing the Turks of human rights violations against Kurdish citizens.

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War Drums? Maduro Plays Congas in Salsa Concert While Denying Venezuelans Food Aid

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro – close to marking three weeks out of power since President Juan Guaidó took office on January 23 – played a conga solo in a salsa performance this weekend that appeared in a state propaganda video circulating on social media. This was a far cry from the image of a diligent wartime leader he has attempted to cultivate to the outside world.

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Maduro Tweets About Salsa While Venezuelans Starve Waiting for U.S. Aid on Border

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro congratulated the heads of a government program known as “Salsa Heart” on Twitter Friday, attempting to move the spotlight away from his refusal to step down following his constitutional replacement by President Juan Guaidó and towards a tropical dance initiative meant to keep youth from protesting against socialism.

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Spanish White House Video Compares Venezuela’s Maduro to Stalin, Mussolini

The White House published a Spanish-language video message to the Venezuelan people on Thursday comparing socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro to Josef Stalin, Muammar Qaddafi, Benito Mussolini, and other tyrants who usurped power in their home countries, expressing solidarity with the opposition.