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Former top Chinese general sentenced for taking bribes

Jul 25, 2016

Former top Chinese general sentenced for taking bribes

A Chinese military court has sentenced former top Gen. Guo Boxiong to life in prison for taking bribes. The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that Guo had also been stripped of his rank and forced to hand over all his assets to the ...

Philippine court clears Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

Jul 19, 2016

Philippine court clears Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder charge against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release from nearly five years of hospital detention. Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said the 15 justices voted 11-4 to grant Arroyo’s petition seeking the ...

Jul 12, 2016

Australian convicted of recruiting seven men to fight in Syria

The first person charged in Australia with recruiting and sending fighters to Syria was convicted Tuesday of recruiting seven foreign fighters. Hamdi Alqudsi, 42, had pleaded not guilty in the New South Wales state Supreme Court in Sydney to seven counts of recruiting men ...

Black Lives Matter condemns Dallas shootings, plans protests

Jul 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter condemns Dallas shootings, plans protests

Leaders and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement sought a delicate balance Friday by both condemning the slaying of five Dallas police officers and promising more demonstrations against deadly shootings by law enforcement. In Philadelphia, a group planned a “Weekend of Rage” to ...

Hong Kong says freed bookseller can't be sent back to China

Jul 6, 2016

Hong Kong says freed bookseller can't be sent back to China

Hong Kong’s security chief said on Wednesday that there is no legal way a Hong Kong bookseller who returned to the city after being detained on the mainland could be sent back to China. Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok’s comments came after a one-day ...

Jun 30, 2016

Australian teen pleads guilty in Islamic State-inspired murder plot

A teenager pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting to run over and behead a police officer as part of an Islamic State group-inspired attack on an Australian Veterans’ Day ceremony. Sevdet Besim, 19, pleaded guilty in Victoria state’s Supreme Court to one count of planning ...