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Sep 28, 2016

Tough anti-corruption law takes effect in South Korea

A tough new anti-graft law came into force in South Korea Wednesday with many hailing it as a milestone to help root out widespread low-level corruption. Dubbed the Kim Young-Ran law after the former supreme court judge who drafted it, the sweeping legislation covers ...

Sep 27, 2016

China sentences activists for 'disturbing social order': Xinhua

Three labor activists were given suspended sentences of two to four years, Chinese state media said Tuesday, citing their involvement with “overseas organizations hostile to China.” Zeng Feiyang, director of the prominent labor rights group the Panyu Workers’ Center, was given a three-year sentence ...

Sep 26, 2016

Indonesia collars alleged key trafficker of people Down Under

Indonesian police have arrested an alleged people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday. Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, was arrested in Jakarta before dawn on Friday, Indonesia’s national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said. ...

Cambodia deports 63 Chinese, Taiwanese over alleged web scam

Sep 21, 2016

Cambodia deports 63 Chinese, Taiwanese over alleged web scam

Cambodia has deported 50 Chinese and 13 Taiwanese citizens to China over an alleged internet scam, a senior police official said Wednesday. The move came in apparent compliance with a demand from Beijing. The suspects were flown out of Cambodia on Tuesday, said Gen. ...

Sep 5, 2016

Philippines says three people being sought over deadly blast

Security forces are searching for four people suspected to be behind last week’s powerful blast that killed 14 people and injured 67 at a busy night market in the southern Philippine city of Davao, police said Monday. Police have artist sketches of a man ...

Sep 2, 2016

Australian judge rules child will not be treated for cancer

An Australian judge has ruled against a hospital in favor of a 6-year-old cancer patient’s parents who want their son to die without further potentially life-saving treatment. Family Court Justice Richard O’Brien ruled on Thursday that Oshin Kiszko’s best interests would be served by ...

Aug 31, 2016

U.S. woman held in China for over year now charged with spying

An American businesswoman held in China since March last year has been charged with spying, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest development in a case that has added to U.S.-China tensions. Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, Texas, who is of Chinese ancestry and ...