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Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Jun 13, 2014

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Southeast Asia has overtaken the Horn of Africa as the world’s hot spot for pirate attacks after concerted international efforts to police the waters off Somalia, the U.N. said Thursday. Last year 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken ...

Jun 12, 2014

Australian poisoned child, 4, on Facebook

An Australian who deliberately poisoned her 4-year-old daughter with cancer drugs and then detailed the girl’s “fight for life” on Facebook to garner attention for herself has been jailed for six years. The 23-year-old, who wasn’t named, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm in ...

Pakistan brothers imprisoned for eating dead baby

Jun 12, 2014

Pakistan brothers imprisoned for eating dead baby

A Pakistani court on Wednesday sentenced two brothers to 11 years in jail for eating a dead baby in a case that has shocked the country, a year after they were freed over a similar offense. Farman Ali and his brother, Mohammad Arif, were ...

S. Korean police storm compound in search of fugitive ferry owner

Jun 11, 2014

S. Korean police storm compound in search of fugitive ferry owner

Thousands of South Korean police forced their way into the compound of a Christian splinter group Wednesday in their search for a fugitive businessman wanted over April’s ferry disaster. Live television reports showed police officers, some in full riot gear, streaming into the sprawling ...

Jun 8, 2014

Aussie store manager assaulted with sex toys in brazen stickup

A shop manager was pelted with sex toys by an intruder wearing a wig and crotchless pants in an Australian erotica store stickup, local police reported Sunday. The man forced his way into the Brisbane adult shop through the roof just before 5:30 am ...

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

Jun 5, 2014

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks. Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state broadcaster CCTV ...

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

May 31, 2014

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

Prosecutors in far western China have indicted eight people over an attack on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October in which a car plowed into a crowd and caught fire, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday. The government of the ...

May 31, 2014

India cops fired over cousins' gang rape

Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers Friday for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree. But in ...

May 31, 2014

Six arrested in China killing blamed on cult members

Six members of a religious cult have been arrested over the beating death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China, police said Saturday. The accused, including four members of the same family, allegedly attacked the woman in the city of Zhaoyuan ...

South Korean missionary is handed life sentence by North court

May 31, 2014

South Korean missionary is handed life sentence by North court

North Korea said Saturday it has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labor for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches, the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled North. North ...