Asia Pacific Topics

Dec 1, 2014

Lockdown lifted at U.S. school on South Korea air base

The U.S. Osan Air Base in South Korea on Monday lifted a lockdown ordered as a precaution after someone reported an unscheduled “active shooter drill” at the high school. Security forces swept the school and its perimeters and found no injuries or suspicious activities, ...

Nov 28, 2014

Hearse carrying body stolen at Australian funeral

An Australian family Friday spoke of their shock after a man jumped out of bushes and drove off in a hearse carrying the body of a relative just before his funeral. Hayley West and husband, Tobias Richardson, were preparing for the funeral service of ...

Nov 27, 2014

Guam attorney general investigating election

Guam’s attorney general is investigating allegations of pre-marked ballots in the general election. The Office of the Attorney General confirmed Wednesday that it received documents from the Guam Election Commission related to the allegations. A precinct officer in Dededo signed an affidavit saying she ...

Nov 26, 2014

Formal inquiry urged into abuse at Australian military academy

Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defense force found Wednesday. The chair of the investigating task force, Len Roberts-Smith, said two reports submitted in parliament contained “shocking accounts of ...

Nov 26, 2014

China considers suing 'economic fugitives' in the U.S.

China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars, an unusual step in a widening anti-graft campaign, a senior official said on Wednesday. The move, part of President Xi Jinping’s ...

Nov 26, 2014

'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

Singapore on Wednesday banned U.S.-based “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimizing “sexual assault and predation.” The move follows a similar ban by Britain last week. Officials in other ...

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

Nov 24, 2014

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in ...

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Nov 24, 2014

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women whose mutilated bodies were found in his Hong Kong apartment was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial next year after psychiatric tests. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Rurik Jutting, who has undergone two weeks ...