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Bangladesh executes Islamist party official for war crimes

Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday executed a senior Islamist party official convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering a call for a nationwide general strike by the condemned man’s supporters. One prison official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of ...

Apr 23, 2015

Philippine customs head quits in blow to Aquino anti-graft drive

Philippine Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla said he submitted his resignation Wednesday, citing pressure to promote people without considering their merit for the jobs. “I’m feeling the political patronage” pressure, Sevilla said at a briefing in Manila on Thursday, without elaborating. “I hope the next ...

Apr 22, 2015

Man who defaced Mao picture jailed for 14 months

A man who threw a jar of ink at the imposing portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been jailed for 14 months, media said Wednesday. Sun Bing in March last year “defaced” the iconic picture which hangs prominently ...

Apr 22, 2015

British court hears 1948 Malaya village massacre case

Relatives of 24 rubber-plantation workers killed in Malaysia in 1948 by British troops will press their decades-old demand for a public inquiry in Britain’s highest court on Wednesday, lawyers said. The December 12, 1948 incident, dubbed the Batang Kali massacre, occurred during the so-called ...

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the death of the woman’s mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and ...

Apr 21, 2015

China considers using lay judges in some trials

China will appoint citizens to help judges decide some local court cases, in the Communist Party’s broadest yet experiment with jury trials. The nation’s highest court has submitted a legislative proposal to create “people’s juries” in 50 courts across 10 provinces, the official Xinhua ...

Apr 20, 2015

Over 100,000 officials reprimanded so far in China's austerity crackdown

The top anti-graft body of China’s Communist Party says more than 100,000 officials have been reprimanded since late 2012 for violating policies mandating more austere working practices. The party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in its monthly report Monday that 5,340 officials were ...

Apr 18, 2015

Australia arrests teens over planned ANZAC Day attack

Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC ...

Apr 17, 2015

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday after convicting her of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership’s resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power. The ...

Apr 14, 2015

Indonesian lawmakers propose bill to ban alcohol consumption

Two Islamic parties have proposed laws to ban all alcohol consumption and bring jail terms of up to two years for offenders in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday. It was not immediately clear how much support ...

Apr 14, 2015

China to strengthen surveillance, security in anti-terror push

China will establish a national population database linked to ID information and credit records, state media reported late Monday, as part of a larger push to beef up surveillance and security in response to violent unrest. China has already taken a series of measures ...