The brother of Zhao Liping, a retired Chinese senior police chief sentenced to death for murder and corruption, is calling for a retrial of the case, saying he was abused in police custody and sentenced in a show trial.
Russia's opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country.
The center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov took the lead in Bulgaria's parliamentary election, exit polls showed, a result that if confirmed by official returns indicates support for the country keeping its European identity.
Projections show that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has easily won an election in Germany's western Saarland state, an unexpectedly strong performance as Merkel prepares to seek a fourth term in a national vote later this year.
A senior German official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rhetoric in the standoff with European countries ahead of his country's referendum is causing damage that will take years to repair.
The candidate favored by China's Communist leadership has been chosen as Hong Kong's new leader, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the semiautonomous Chinese city's election system in 2014.