Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 15, 2017

Knife-wielding attackers kill five in China's Xinjiang region

Three knife-wielding attackers killed five people and injured another five in China’s region of Xinjiang before police killed the “thugs,” a regional government said, the latest violence on China’s border with Central Asia. The attack took place on Tuesday evening in Pishan County in ...

Feb 14, 2017

Philippines' Imelda Marcos loses bid to reclaim jewels

Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos has lost a long fight to reclaim jewels confiscated when her dictator husband was ousted, with the Supreme Court ruling she acquired them illegally. The items worth $150,000 are now the property of the state, the court ruled, ...

Feb 6, 2017

One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, “shocking and indefensible” data showed Monday during an inquiry into pedophilia in the church. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child ...

Feb 1, 2017

Chinese agents reportedly abduct billionaire in Hong Kong

A Chinese billionaire has been abducted in Hong Kong by mainland agents, according to reports Tuesday, triggering more concerns over security in the city after the disappearance of five booksellers. Financier Xiao Jianhua, founder of the Beijing-based Tomorrow Group, was staying long term at ...

Jan 25, 2017

Three Europeans jailed in Taiwan over ATM heist

Three eastern Europeans believed part of an international crime ring were jailed for five years in Taiwan Wednesday over a $2.6 million cyberheist that used malware to hack into a major local bank’s ATM network. The attack, the first of its kind in Taiwan, ...

Jan 25, 2017

U.S. man's 20-year jail term for South Korea murder upheld

South Korea’s top court upheld a U.S. citizen’s 20-year murder sentence on Wednesday, finally drawing a line under a tortuous legal saga two decades after he stabbed a Korean to death in a Burger King restroom. The random killing of Jo Jung-pil was made ...