Pelosi says US will not abandon Taiwan as China protests

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after a visit that heightened tensions with China, saying Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in her delegation showed they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. Pelosi, the first US speaker to visit the island in more than 25 … Read more

Myanmar executes ex-lawmaker, 3 other political prisoners

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s government confirmed Monday it had carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years, hanging a former lawmaker, a democracy activist and two other political prisoners who had been accused of a targeted killing after the country’s military takeover last year. The executions, first announced in the state-run Mirror Daily newspaper, … Read more

Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was arrested by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step. An island just 640 kilometers (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Taiwan is close not just geographically but also … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernández, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either left intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical … Read more