Hong Kong Catholics split over church’s stance on gays ahead of district polls

Cardinal John Tong Hon raised the stakes for gay rights activists on November 5 when he called on Hong Kong’s Catholics – who make up 5 per cent of the population – to consider candidates’ views on homosexuality when they vote in this coming Sunday’s district council elec

Interrogation chairs ‘padded for comfort’, claims Chinese official as Beijing denies torturing or holding political prisoners

China denied that it held political prisoners and said it prohibited the use of torture when it faced a United Nations' review of its record on Wednesday, evoking derision from exiled dissidents.