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Aug 31, 2016

U.S. woman held in China for over year now charged with spying

An American businesswoman held in China since March last year has been charged with spying, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest development in a case that has added to U.S.-China tensions. Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, Texas, who is of Chinese ancestry and ...

Aug 29, 2016

Police snare 'China's Jack the Ripper,' state media says

Police believe they have captured a serial killer dubbed China’s “Jack the Ripper” for the way he mutilated several of his 11 female victims, state-run media reported Monday, nearly three decades after the first murder. Gao Chengyong, 52, was detained at the grocery store ...

Aug 15, 2016

Thailand detains several people for questioning over deadly blasts

Thailand’s army said on Monday it had detained several people for questioning over a wave of deadly bombings in some of the country’s best known-beach resorts that killed four people and wounded dozens, including tourists. Last week’s blasts came days after Thais voted to ...

Aug 12, 2016

10 dead in suspected jailbreak in Philippines

Ten prisoners in the Philippines were killed when a suspected jailbreak and attempt to kidnap the warden went wrong in a Manila suburb, authorities said Friday. The prisoners, including two Chinese, were meeting with the warden of the Paranaque City jail in his office ...

Briton arrested over deadly Bangladesh cafe siege

Aug 4, 2016

Briton arrested over deadly Bangladesh cafe siege

A British national and a student at a Canadian university who were dining at a Bangladeshi cafe when it was besieged by jihadis last month have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack. Police said Hasnat Karim, a British citizen of Bangladesh ...

Aug 2, 2016

Chinese human rights activist gets suspended sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a yearlong case shrouded in secrecy and involving hundreds of Chinese human rights ...

Fearing secret trial, activists' friends protest China court

Aug 1, 2016

Fearing secret trial, activists' friends protest China court

Around two dozen supporters of a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer and three activists charged with subversion protested outside a northern city court Monday amid widespread concerns that authorities were holding their trials in secret. Flanked by Western diplomats, the supporters gathered outside the ...