Asia Pacific Topics

Duterte's spokesman denies endorsement of summary killings

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not endorse extrajudicial killings, his spokesman said Saturday following scathing criticism from the U.N. chief over his plans for thousands of people to die in an unprecedented war on crime. Duterte won last month’s elections by a landslide largely due to an explosive law-and-order platform ...

Jun 19, 2016

Pakistan woman held in 'honor killing' of pregnant daughter

Police in Pakistan have arrested a mother suspected of killing her pregnant daughter for marrying against the wishes of her family, the latest in a series of “honor killings” in the conservative Muslim country. Local police official Arshad Mahamood said Saturday that the mother ...

Jun 16, 2016

U.S. man commits suicide in Taiwan court room

An American man fatally stabbed himself with a pair of scissors in a Taiwan courtroom Thursday during his sentencing on drug possession charges, raising questions over security failings. The man, named as 41-year-old Tyrel Martin Marhanka, is thought to have hidden the dismantled scissors ...

Jun 14, 2016

American CEO jailed in Cambodia for sex with young children

Cambodia on Tuesday sentenced an American man to a decade in jail for sexually abusing girls as young as five, the latest effort to punish foreign pedophiles in the impoverished country. Brian Naswall, the 53-year-old CEO of Aero Cambodia, a small aviation firm based ...

Canada says hostage Robert Hall likely killed in Philippines

Jun 13, 2016

Canada says hostage Robert Hall likely killed in Philippines

A Canadian citizen being held hostage by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines for nearly nine months has likely been killed by his captors, the Canadian government said Monday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that officials were working closely with authorities ...

Jun 13, 2016

Shanghai police identify suspect in airport explosion

Shanghai police say they’ve identified a 29-year-old inveterate gambler as the lead suspect behind a small explosion at the city’s main international airport that injured four people. A statement issued Monday on the police force’s microblog said Zhou Xingbai had traveled to Shanghai from ...

Jun 9, 2016

Indonesian police foil IS-inspired suicide bombings

Indonesian police said Thursday they have arrested three Muslim extremists who were planning to launch Islamic State-inspired suicide bombings in the country’s second-biggest city. The police’s elite anti-terror squad detained the men in Surabaya, on the country’s main island of Java, on Wednesday and ...

Jun 7, 2016

Over 70 indicted in China over murder-for-compensation scams

Prosecutors in northern China have indicted 74 people for murder and other charges related to scams in which the deaths were staged to look like mining accidents in order to win compensation from mine owners. The Inner Mongolia regional prosecutor’s office said on its ...

Jun 7, 2016

Myanmar court sentences BBC reporter to prison, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday. The ruling marks the first time a journalist has been convicted under Myanmar’s ...