Election Boycott Rallies Sweep Russia

Thousands of Russians across the country heard the call of Russian anticorruption activist and opposition politician Aleksei Navalny and rallied on January 28 in a pledge to boycott the country’s upcoming presidential election after Navalny was barred from running. RFE/RL filmed the protests in the cities of Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, and Saratov. (RFE/RL’s …

China Places New Controls on Center of Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Chinese authorities are placing tighter administrative controls over Larung Gar, a Buddhist study center, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW). About 200 Communist Party cadres and lay officials “are taking over all management, finances, security, admissions, and even the choice of textbooks at the center, following demolitions and expulsions in 2017,” according …

Nightclub Shooting in Brazil Leaves 14 Dead

Gunmen killed at least 14 people early Saturday at a dance club in the northeastern Brazil city of Fortaleza. Officials in Ceara state said three cars full of armed men arrived at the Forro do Gago nightclub. Witnesses said the men opened fire inside the club and continued shooting indiscriminately for about 30 minutes. Many …

Canadian Police Say Killer Targeted Billionaire

Police in Canada said Friday that they thought billionaire businessman Barry Sherman and his wife were the victims of a targeted killing. Police said they were treating the case as a double homicide after a six-week investigation, but they declined to discuss possible suspects or motives. The deaths last month of Sherman, 75, who founded …