China Indicts Anti-Corruption Campaigner
Chinese prosecutors have indicted a prominent activist who founded a group that works within the system to promote political change.
The lawyer for Xu Zhiyong said Friday that prosecutors had formally charged his client with "disturbing public order," a common charge against rights activists who attempt any form of protest.
Xu founded the New Citizens Movement, a loose network of activists who have held small street rallies to urge officials to disclose their asset and called on citizens to fight corruption.
Xu was arrested in late August in a wide-ranging crackdown on peaceful dissent.
American Who Disappeared in Iran Worked for CIA: Reports
Two U.S. media outlets are reporting that an American man who mysteriously disappeared nearly seven years ago in Iran was conducting a rogue operation for the CIA.
The Associated Press and Washington Post say Robert Levinson was gathering intelligence for a group of CIA analysts who did not have authority to run overseas operations.
The ex-FBI agent disappeared in March 2007 while visiting the Iranian island of Kish, on what his family and U.S. government officials have described as a private business trip.
But the reports Thursday said Levinson was actually meeting with Dawud Salahuddin, who is wanted for the murder of an Iranian diplomat in the U.S. in 1980 and has close ties to Iranian leaders.
The reports say Levinson's lawyers discovered emails in which a CIA analyst assured Levinson before the trip that he would be reimbursed for his expenses.