Asia Pacific Topics

Sep 24, 2014

U.S. calls for North Korea to shut 'evil' prison camps

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for North Korea to shut down its “evil system” of prison camps. Kerry spoke at a gathering of foreign officials and activists to draw attention to the findings of a U.N. commission of inquiry that in ...

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

Sep 23, 2014

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

An outspoken scholar who championed China’s Uighur minority was convicted of separatism Tuesday by a Chinese court and sentenced to life in prison, according to the scholar’s lawyers. The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court convicted Ilham Tohti after a heavily guarded two-day trial that ended ...

Sep 22, 2014

China admits cases of torture in police detention

Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China’s official state news agency reported in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice. One of the cases resulted in the death of a man who was ...

Jailed American lived enigmatic life

Sep 22, 2014

Jailed American lived enigmatic life

by James Pearson and Ju-min Park

Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named “Preston Somerset,” acquaintances who met or worked with him say. The 25-year-old native of Bakersfield, California, did not seem to have ...

Thailand says no DNA match yet for two slain Britons

Sep 18, 2014

Thailand says no DNA match yet for two slain Britons

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area. Police also conducted autopsies that showed that 23-year-old ...

Sep 10, 2014

China offers hefty rewards for 'terrorism' tips in Xinjiang

China is offering up to 1 million yuan ($160,000) in rewards to “terrorism” informants in its western Xinjiang region, state media said on Tuesday, in the latest policy aimed at getting a handle on unrest there. Authorities in numerous regions and provinces around China ...

Bomb rocks Santiago metro station; seven injured

Sep 9, 2014

Bomb rocks Santiago metro station; seven injured

A bomb rocked a Santiago metro station on Monday, injuring seven people in a blast Chile’s government called a “terrorist act.” The explosive device that ripped through the food court at Escuela Militar (Military School) station was made with a fire extinguisher and a ...

Sep 1, 2014

Man stabs three children to death in China school

A man stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school Monday, reports said, in the country’s latest attack against youngsters. The attacker killed himself by jumping from a building following the carnage ...

Aug 29, 2014

China's top judge says foreigners to be allowed into Chinese courts

China’s top judge has said foreigners will be regularly allowed into courts to listen to cases, state media reported on Thursday, as the government embarks on legal reform at a time of public discontent over many perceived miscarriages of justice. The announcement by Zhou ...