Chinese Activist Facing Up To 15 Years For Criticizing Xi Jingping
The activist's friends told media outlets he's facing a state security charge that could put him behind bars for 15 years.
A Chinese activist could spend years in jail for accusing President Xi Jinping of mishandling the country's coronavirus outbreak.
Legal scholar Xu Zhiyong published an essay last month that pushed for Xi to step down over the outbreak. The activist was arrested and now his friends say he's being secretly detained, without access to a lawyer. The friends told media outlets he's facing a state security charge that could put him behind bars for 15 years.
China's been hit with a lot of criticism for its early response to the coronavirus. At first, the government tried to downplay the seriousness of the situation.
Since then, Xi has told the public the outbreak exposed the country's "shortcomings," acknowledging it is a crisis and a major test for the country. He said there will be short-term pain for China but promised stimulus packages to help businesses.
Mainland China has seen the bulk of worldwide coronavirus cases, with over 80,000 confirmed.
Ship sinks between South Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 8 missing
The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship sank about 100 miles southwest of Nagasaki, Japan, and about 93 miles south of South Korea's Jeju Island.By The Korea Coast Guard via AP
What it means to be born in the Year of the Rabbit
East Asians around the world will ring in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday, January 22.By Mark Schiefelbein
A look inside a suspected Chinese police outpost in the US
Scripps News investigates a suspected Chinese police facility in New York.By Scripps News
WCPO: Couple plans Bengals-themed nuptials for Super Bowl weekend
Ben Steely and Donna Goad are taking their love for each other — and their favorite team — to a whole new level for their upcoming nuptials.By WCPO
Damar Hamlin thankful, speaks publicly for 1st time in video
Amid thanks for the outpouring of support, Damar Hamlin noted that he continues to make goo progress in his recovery.By Joshua Bessex / AP
UK leader fires party chairman over tax bill allegations
He had faced days of pressure to sack Nadhim Zahawi amid allegations he settled a multimillion-dollar unpaid tax bill while in charge of the Treasury.By Alastair Grant / AP