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Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...

Jul 25, 2015

Australian Islamic State group medic arrested on return home

An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria was arrested after returning home and faces potential terrorism-related charges. Adam Brookman, 39, was arrested at Sydney International Airport on Friday night on a Victoria ...

U.S. singer Chris Brown stuck in Philippines over debt dispute

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. singer Chris Brown stuck in Philippines over debt dispute

American hip-hop star Chris Brown, barred from leaving the Philippines over a row with a powerful Christian group, insisted in a foul-mouthed rant on Thursday that he did nothing wrong. The 26-year-old’s private jet remains grounded at Manila airport two days after he performed ...

Jul 24, 2015

Philippine nightclub blast kills one, wounds nine

A powerful explosion tore through a nightclub in the strife-torn southern Philippines, killing one person and wounding nine others, police said Friday. The blast punctured the ceiling of the two-storey club and threw bar stools into the streets of Zamboanga City late Thursday evening, ...

U.S. blacklists Singapore firm with links to N. Korea arms bust

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. blacklists Singapore firm with links to N. Korea arms bust

ashington The Treasury Department on Thursday blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of illicit weapon shipments. The financial sanctions were announced against Senat Shipping Company and Senat’s president, Leonard Lai, and on a vessel, Dawnlight, in which ...

Half-naked 'Spartans' draw crackdown by Beijing police

Jul 23, 2015

Half-naked 'Spartans' draw crackdown by Beijing police

A salad store paraded dozens of half-naked Western men dressed as Spartans through China’s capital as a publicity stunt, causing a stir and drawing a crackdown by police who were photographed restraining some of them on the ground. About 40 mostly blond and brown-haired ...