Asia Pacific Topics

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after more than 10 hours of heated debate over a law that reintroduces detention without trial, three years after it was revoked.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 ...

Apr 7, 2015

Freed American thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison has defiantly thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, adding that regular visits by U.S. diplomats brought shining moments of light in his ordeal. Feng Xue, who was ...

Apr 6, 2015

Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australians on death row

An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country’s legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad. Following the ruling lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran vowed ...

Apr 6, 2015

Environment reporter arrested in China over suspected extortion

Beijing police have arrested an environmental reporter and his associates in an apparent extortion scandal, as China works to crack down on corruption in the news media. A string of corruption scandals in China’s news media has shaken the faith of the public in ...

Parents of South Korean ferry victims march in demand of probe

Apr 6, 2015

Parents of South Korean ferry victims march in demand of probe

Grieving parents of the victims of last year’s South Korean ferry sinking completed a 46-kilometer march Sunday to call for an independent probe into the tragedy. More than 600 people, including relatives of 250 high school students killed in the sinking, marched across Seoul ...

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported

A U.S. geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon ...