Tag: Extradition

The Case of Thailand’s Disappearing Dissidents

At 4:45 a.m. on July 8, a man wearing black and a mask broke into my apartment in Kyoto. He walked into my bedroom, attacked me and my partner with a chemical spray and escaped. Nothing was stolen. The Japanese police arrived quickly. The investigation is ongoing; the perpetrator has not been apprehended. No official […]

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How a Few Grams of Pot Turned an American-Israeli Into a Geopolitical Pawn

JERUSALEM — Naama Issachar was boarding a connecting flight at the Moscow airport on her way home to Israel last April when the authorities found a few grams of marijuana in her luggage, an amount so small her lawyer predicted it would draw a slap on the wrist. But on Friday, when a Russian court […]

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Xi Jinping Comes to Nepal Bearing Investments, and India Is Watching

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Xi Jinping touched down in Nepal on Saturday, the first visit by a Chinese president to the country in more than two decades, underscoring Beijing’s increasing interest in South Asia as a strategic hub for defense and transit projects. Ahead of Mr. Xi’s two-day visit, which follows a trip to India, thousands […]

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Pageantry in Beijing. Firebombs in Hong Kong.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher As China celebrated 70 years of Communist Party rule, scenes of pageantry, pride and unity in Beijing contrasted with the firebombs, rubber bullets and mass protests in Hong Kong. We look at what this day of […]

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Looming Presence in Drug Conspiracy Case: Honduras’s President

When a former Honduran congressman goes on trial next week in Manhattan, charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, his older brother will be absent from the courtroom but will loom large over the case. That older brother, Juan Orlando Hernández, is the president of Honduras, and an ally of President Trump […]

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Spanish Court Calls U.S. Extradition Request Politically Motivated

MADRID — Spain rejected a United States request to extradite Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief of Venezuela, because the request was politically motivated, a Spanish court said on Tuesday. The court ruling also said the drug trafficking charges leveled against Mr. Carvajal were too “abstract,” and lacking sufficient detail. At his extradition hearing in […]

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Fugitive Couple Wanted on Murder Charges Are Captured in Arizona After Hiding for 16 Days

What Blane and Susan Barksdale had been doing since Aug. 26 is still somewhat of a mystery. But law enforcement officials said that a tip this week finally led them on Wednesday night to the Arizona couple, murder suspects who had hunkered down in a remote outpost in the Tonto National Forest called Punkin Center. […]

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The High School Course Beijing Accuses of Radicalizing Hong Kong

HONG KONG — They are sitting in orderly rows, wearing neatly pressed uniforms. But in this class, as they debate the merits of democracy and civil rights, Hong Kong high school students are prompting Beijing to worry that they are increasingly out of control. The mandatory civics course known here as liberal studies has been […]

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Joshua Wong and Alex Chow: The People of Hong Kong Will Not Be Cowed by China

HONG KONG — “If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunter Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance […]

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Now Streaming on YouTube: Confessions From a Presidential Hit Squad in Gambia

SEREKUNDA, Gambia — The day Malick Jatta confessed to shooting one of Gambia’s best-known journalists, he wore the camouflage uniform of the armed forces and said the kill order came right from the former president. The testimony was streamed live, and tens of thousands watched. “I’m sorry,” he said. Then he hung his head. Gambia, […]

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Husband and Wife Escape During Cross-Country Extradition on Murder Charges

They were wanted in Arizona on murder and arson charges, and they had been held at a jail in upstate New York for three months. But the extradition of Blane and Susan Barksdale didn’t go as planned. As they were being taken more than 2,000 miles back to Tucson, the couple overpowered and kidnapped the […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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To Understand Hong Kong, Don’t Think About Tiananmen

HONG KONG — As Hong Kong’s sleepless summer of political strife wears on, not a day, nay, an hour, seems to go by without someone evoking the 1989 crackdown against another group of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. On breathless postings on Twitter, people share pictures of military exercises by Chinese troops just across the border […]

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Hong Kong Strikes, and Strikes a Nerve in Beijing

ImageA protester blocking a train door during a general strike in Hong Kong on Monday.CreditAnthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images HONG KONG — Anyone who thought that the antigovernment demonstrations rocking Hong Kong this summer were just the doing of radicalized youngsters should think again. On Monday, the first general strike in the city in […]

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China Backs Hong Kong Officials, but Leaves Protests for Them to Solve

BEIJING — The Chinese government on Monday laid down its firm support of Hong Kong’s embattled leader and police force but failed to offer any clear solutions after two months of rolling protests that have flared into violence and stoked opposition to Chinese rule. Chinese officials made a strongly worded defense of the local Hong […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Try to Keep Momentum With Weekend Protests

HONG KONG — Protesters marched in the streets of Hong Kong again on Sunday, the latest effort to spread their movement across the semiautonomous Chinese territory and the first major test of public sentiment since the city’s embattled leader announced that an unpopular bill was “dead” but stopped short of withdrawing it. The demonstration in […]

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‘Give Us a Chance,’ Hong Kong’s Leader Appeals to the Public, Saying Extradition Bill is Dead

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s embattled leader urged the public on Tuesday to give her administration a chance to repair the damage caused by an unpopular extradition bill as she sought to assuage public anger that has driven several huge protests and the storming of the city’s legislature in the past month. Carrie Lam, the […]

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Hong Kong Is a Work in Progress

HONG KONG — July 1, the anniversary of the day that Hong Kong was reunified with mainland China in 1997, ought to be an occasion for celebration. It marks the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the “one country, two systems” — the first such region in China. Yet on Monday, the […]

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A Movement, and a Country, Torn by Protests

When hundreds of thousands marched through the broiling streets of Hong Kong in recent weeks, they posed a serious challenge for the Chinese government. But when some of them stormed the Legislative Council and ransacked the chamber on Monday, they put their movement’s fragile gains at risk. What first set off the latest wave of […]

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China Vowed to Safeguard Hong Kong’s Freedoms. Some See a Wolf at the Door.

July 1997: Handover.CreditTorsten Blackwood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images June 2019: Protest.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Promises are the currency of power. In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see how well they have been kept. HONG KONG — When Britain returned Hong Kong […]

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