Russia Signs Deals with China to Help Weather Sanctions

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a signing ceremony in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and China signed energy, trade and finance agreements on Monday proclaimed by Moscow as proof that a policy turn to Asia is bearing fruit and will help it to weather Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Hong Kong Protests at Crossroads, Talks to Start on Friday


HONG KONG (Reuters) – Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong agreed with the city’s government late on Tuesday to start formal talks later this week to address concerns that have brought tens of thousands of people onto the city’s streets.

China Detains Activists for Supporting Hong Kong Protests

Student protesters in Hong Kong / AP

Chinese authorities have detained or harassed dozens of activists this week who expressed support for the protests in Hong Kong, including some who simply posted messages of solidarity online.

The activist group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) reports that several Chinese dissidents were detained or questioned by police on Monday and Tuesday as the demonstrations in Hong Kong swelled.