Dec 19, 2014

U.N. General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to ICC

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday condemned North Korea’s rights record and called for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. The nonbinding resolution was adopted by a vote of 116 to 20 with 52 ...

Xi visit to Macau deals cold deck to high-rolling VIP gamblers

Dec 18, 2014

Xi visit to Macau deals cold deck to high-rolling VIP gamblers

As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world’s biggest gambling center cannot remain a one-industry town. Xi’s pervasive anti-graft campaign contributed to a disastrous year for ...

Dec 18, 2014

Japan eyes providing patrol boats to Indonesia to fight piracy

Japan is arranging to provide patrol boats to Indonesia to support its fight against piracy, government sources said Wednesday, a move seen as part of efforts to assist Asian countries to boost their security capabilities in the face of China’s maritime assertiveness. Since last ...

Dec 17, 2014

Beijing to get third airport to reduce congestion, delays

China has green-lighted plans to build a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays. State media reported Wednesday the new airport will be located 46 km south of the city center and will take five years ...

Dec 16, 2014

China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy. “There is no happier way for a person to live on this earth,” he declared, ...

Dec 16, 2014

Beijing admits forced confessions are 'not rare'

Forced confessions through torture are not rare in China, state-run media said Tuesday, in a rare admission of deep-seated flaws in the justice system. The comments came after a teenager executed for murder 18 years ago was exonerated on Monday. The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu ...