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Double murder suspect caught in Hong Kong to return to U.S.

Jan 25, 2016

Double murder suspect caught in Hong Kong to return to U.S.

A Chinese national arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly murdering two teenage nephews in the United States agreed to be extradited Monday, but claimed there were “problems” with the charges. Shi Deyun, 44, was detained by police at Hong Kong airport Saturday after taking ...

Jan 20, 2016

China jails former party chief of Xinjiang's capital for graft

A court in Beijing on Wednesday sentenced a former Chinese Communist Party chief of Urumqi, the capital of the violence-prone far-western region of Xinjiang, to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption. Yang Gang was indicted for accepting bribes last year. ...

Jan 18, 2016

Foreign jurists call for release of detained Chinese lawyers

Twenty prominent lawyers and jurists from Europe, North America, Australia and Pakistan on Monday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to release a dozen Chinese lawyers and legal assistants held in detention in an open letter published in the British newspaper The Guardian. In the ...

Jan 14, 2016

Vietnam jails Canadian for sexually abusing homeless boys

Vietnam has jailed a Canadian teacher for four years for sexually abusing underage homeless boys he met on Hanoi’s streets, a court official said Thursday, in a rare prosecution for the offense. Vadim Scott Benderman, 46, who taught English at a foreign language centre ...

Jan 5, 2016

Missing Hong Kong bookseller's wife drops police report

The mystery surrounding five missing Hong Kong booksellers known for titles banned in mainland China deepened after one purportedly wrote to say he was fine and helping with an investigation, prompting his wife to drop a missing person’s report. Hong Kong police said late ...

Dec 28, 2015

China passes first domestic violence law, gay couples excluded

China’s largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed the country’s first law against domestic violence, which covers unmarried people who cohabit but does not protect gay couples, a senior lawmaker said. China previously did not have a special law covering violence in the family, ...