China arrests 12 over Tianjin blasts as toll rises

Aug 27, 2015

China arrests 12 over Tianjin blasts as toll rises

Chinese police have arrested 12 people over giant explosions that killed at least 145 people and devastated a swath of a Chinese port city, state media said Thursday as prosecutors probe 11 officials for neglecting their duties. The official Xinhua News Agency said the ...

Aug 24, 2015

Burundi used acid and iron bars to torture opposition: Amnesty

Burundi security forces used iron bars and acid to force confessions and crush opposition during President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid for a third term in office, Amnesty International said Monday. Testimonies recorded by Amnesty in the report accuse both the police and National Intelligence ...

Aug 24, 2015

The Maldives ex-president back in jail: party

The Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said police and prison officials clashed with supporters as they removed ...

South Korea pardons SK Group leader amid growing discontent

Aug 13, 2015

South Korea pardons SK Group leader amid growing discontent

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday gave pardons to 6,527 people, including the chairman of the country’s third-largest conglomerate, the SK Group, citing, in part, Seoul’s efforts to revive a sputtering economy. The pardons announced by the justice minister come amid South Koreans’ ...

Aug 12, 2015

Aussie dad asks politicians to fund holiday, public steps in

An Australian father so fed up with the taxpayer-funded travel perks given to politicians that he asked them to fund his family’s holiday has received an overwhelming response — from the public. Father-of-three Stephen Callaghan established a GoFundMe page, entitled “Please Pay For My ...

Aug 11, 2015

Iraq parliament approves prime minister's anti-corruption plan

Iraq’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reform program aimed at curbing corruption and reducing government waste that has sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests. Abadi on Sunday proposed a series of measures to combat corruption, streamline the government and ...