Asia Pacific Topics

Jun 2, 2015

Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 lawsuit

Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out-of-court settlement in the tragedy’s first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government. Lawyer Arunan Selvaraj said Tuesday the mother of the boys decided ...

Jun 2, 2015

KFC sues Chinese companies over online rumors about its food products

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. The case filed by China’s biggest restaurant operator comes as the government ...

Jun 1, 2015

China to punish officials who interfere in judicial cases

China’s top prosecutor will punish officials who attempt to interfere in court cases, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, the latest move adopted by the government to boost the rule of law and instill confidence in the courts. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate said ...

May 27, 2015

Police catch 175 looters in China's biggest artifact find

Chinese police have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country’s biggest recovery of stolen artifacts. The Ministry of Public Security announced Tuesday that the operation rescued 1,168 cultural relics worth more than 500 million ...

May 26, 2015

Meth seizures quadruple across Asia-Pacific, says U.N. drugs agency

Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the U.N. said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption. Growing economic integration across the region was also enabling cross-border criminal networks to cooperate ...

May 25, 2015

China executes patient who killed doctor over botched nose job

China on Monday executed a man who stabbed a doctor to death over what he considered a botched nose operation, media reported, in a case that spotlights the country’s overburdened health system. Lian Enqing was sentenced to death last year for a fatal attack ...

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

May 24, 2015

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

by Marion Thibaut

When Natnicha’s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand’s monarchy under the country’s lese majeste laws, she didn’t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society — joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ...

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

May 21, 2015

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday at a government inquiry known as the Royal ...