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South Korean murdered in Philippine police HQ: authorities

Jan 19, 2017

South Korean murdered in Philippine police HQ: authorities

A South Korean businessman kidnapped by Philippine policemen under the guise of a raid on illegal drugs was murdered at the national police headquarters in Manila, authorities said Thursday. Philippine police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said he felt deep shame as he announced the ...

Jan 18, 2017

China's top judge calls judicial independence an 'erroneous Western ideal'

China’s top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an “erroneous Western ideal,” a statement seemingly aimed at emphasizing the ruling Communist Party’s ultimate control over all areas of public life. Zhou Qiang, the head ...

Jan 18, 2017

Philippine police murdered South Korean businessman, Seoul says

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday. The killing is the latest in a long series of criminal acts by members of the ...

Ex-U.N. chief's relatives indicted in bribery scheme

Jan 11, 2017

Ex-U.N. chief's relatives indicted in bribery scheme

Two relatives of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with plotting to bribe a Middle East official to influence the $800 million sale of a building complex in Vietnam. Ban’s nephew, Joo Hyun-bahn, was released on $250,000 bail ...

Jan 9, 2017

South Korean leader's friend Choi Soon-sil now charged with bribery

South Korean special prosecutors team have filed fresh charges including bribery against a close friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, the central figure in a political scandal that has engulfed the country, the team said Monday. Choi Soon-sil, in jail since late October and ...

Jan 6, 2017

Pakistani province launches app for women to report harassment

A smartphone application enabling women to report incidents of harassment to police in Pakistan’s Punjab province went live this week as authorities step up efforts to promote women’s safety in one of the worst provinces for crimes against them. With a click of a ...

110 inmates still on run after Philippines' biggest jailbreak

Jan 5, 2017

110 inmates still on run after Philippines' biggest jailbreak

Philippine authorities said Thursday they had captured or killed dozens of men who escaped in the nation’s biggest jailbreak but more than 110 remained on the run in vast farmlands and isolated villages of the nation’s strife-torn south. Suspected Muslim guerrillas stormed a decrepit ...

Jan 4, 2017

Suspected rebels storm Philippine jail, 158 inmates escape

Nearly 160 inmates escaped after suspected Muslim rebels attacked a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn Wednesday, and at least six people were shot dead as pursuing government forces traded fire with gunmen, officials said. Acting Provincial Jail Warden Supt. Peter John Bongngat ...