Asia Pacific Topics

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 ...

Apr 13, 2015

Graft trial begins for Beijing former state oil boss

A top official who led China’s biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies went on trial Monday on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Defendant Jiang Jiemin is a former chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corp. CNPC, ...

Apr 12, 2015

China says U.S. backs its campaign to hunt down 'economic fugitives'

The United States has promised support for China’s campaign to hunt corrupt officials fleeing abroad, the official Xinhua News Agency reported after meetings between security officials from the world’s two largest economies. Talks last week between Chinese domestic security leaders Meng Jianzhu and Guo ...

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official  for war crimes

Apr 12, 2015

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 ...

Apr 8, 2015

Hong Kong expats arrested after daughter plunges to her death

The British father and Filipino mother of a teenager in Hong Kong have been arrested after she plunged to her death from an upmarket apartment block. Police said there was “no suspicious element” in the 15-year-old girl’s fatal fall, but arrested both her parents ...

Malaysia reinstates detention without trial

Apr 7, 2015

Malaysia reinstates detention without trial

Malaysia’s lawmakers passed an anti-terrorism bill Tuesday after more than 10 hours of heated debate over a law that reintroduces detention without trial, three years after it was revoked. Opposition members of parliament proposed several amendments to the legislation, under which individuals can be ...