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Sydney siege gunman's partner has bail revoked

The partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis had her bail revoked Monday after Australian authorities requested a review amid public anger that the pair were on the streets. Amirah Droudis, 35, had been on bail for a year since being charged with the brutal killing of Monis’ ex-wife. ...

Dec 21, 2014

Australian charged with children's murder

An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at ...

Dec 20, 2014

Aussie mom held in kids' killings

Australian police said Saturday they have arrested the mother of most of the eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mark the tragedy. Officers have not revealed the cause of death of the children, ...

Dec 20, 2014

U.S. aid worker working near China-North Korean border arrested

A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the ...

Hong Kong tycoon, ex-deputy leader found guilty of massive corruption

Dec 19, 2014

Hong Kong tycoon, ex-deputy leader found guilty of massive corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government’s former deputy leader, Rafael Hui, were found guilty of corruption Friday in a blockbuster trial that shocked a city known for clean governance. Kwok’s billionaire brother Raymond was cleared after a seven-month trial over payments ...

Australia mass stabbing leaves 8 children dead

Dec 19, 2014

Australia mass stabbing leaves 8 children dead

Eight children have been found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns, police said Friday. They were reportedly stabbed to death. “Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death of eight children this morning,” police ...

Dec 19, 2014

Adviser to Australian lawmaker Palmer arrested for alleged kidnapping

Australian news outlets are reporting that the media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that Andrew Crook was detained as part of an investigation into the alleged kidnapping ...

Dec 19, 2014

Executions in U.S. dip to 20-year low

Executions in the United States this year fell to their lowest point in two decades, the Death Penalty Information Center said Thursday. Looking back on 2014, the watchdog group reported 35 executions in seven states, “the fewest number put to death since 1994.” The ...