Asia Pacific Topics

Aug 11, 2015

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

China has ordered 120 songs be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled “Don’t Want to Go to School” and “All Must Die” because they promoted sex, violence or “incited law-breaking,” authorities said Monday. No individual or organization is allowed to provide the songs, ...

Gun murder rate in Thailand on a par with United States

Aug 11, 2015

Gun murder rate in Thailand on a par with United States

Rungrat Rungsuwan was manning her small shop selling trinkets on a main tourist drag on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui when she heard a series of loud bangs. “At first I thought they were firecrackers,” she said, as tourists in flip-flops and ...

Aug 11, 2015

91-year-old Sydney man charged with importing cocaine

A 91-year-old retired surgeon has been charged with importing cocaine hidden in soap into Australia, prompting police to warn travelers to beware of being tricked into becoming drug mules. Victor Twartz, of Sydney, was released on bail when he appeared in Sydney’s Downing Center ...

Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Aug 8, 2015

Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka on Friday, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year. Niloy Chakrabarti, who used the pen name Niloy Neel, was killed after ...

Aug 5, 2015

China jails TV hacker for 12 years for anti-government messages

A Beijing technician who hacked into a Chinese cable television system has been jailed for 12 years, state media reported, after he broadcast denunciations of the ruling Communist party — including showing the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” image. Wang Yibo accessed the cable feed ...

Malaysia says $675 million in Najib accounts are donations

Aug 3, 2015

Malaysia says $675 million in Najib accounts are donations

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said its investigations found that 2.6 billion ringgit ($675 million) in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal accounts are donations and not from a debt-ridden state investment company. The agency has completed its probe of the premier’s accounts and sent the ...

Aug 3, 2015

Abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple under investigation

Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China’s famed Shaolin Temple. The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by the national body to look into the claims against Master Shi Yongxin. ...

Jul 31, 2015

China to prosecute former general for graft

China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, will ...

Jul 30, 2015

China investigates former vice-minister of environmental protection for graft

China’s former vice minister of environmental protection has been placed under investigation for “severe disciplinary and law violation,” the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency said on Thursday, using a common euphemism for corruption. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on ...