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Mar 13, 2016

China's criminal conviction rate nearly 100% in 2015

China found almost 100 percent of criminal defendants guilty last year, figures from the country’s top court showed Sunday, even as authorities pledged to reduce wrongful convictions. A total of 1,039 accused were “declared innocent” by Chinese courts in 2015, Zhou Qiang, head of ...

'Missing' bookseller back in Hong Kong: government

Mar 4, 2016

'Missing' bookseller back in Hong Kong: government

One of five “missing” Hong Kong booksellers who was detained on the mainland returned to the city Friday and met police, the government said, in a case that has provoked fears of increasing Chinese interference in the semiautonomous region. Lui Por, who has been ...

U.N. slaps sternest sanctions on Pyongyang in 20 years; EU eyes more

Mar 3, 2016

U.N. slaps sternest sanctions on Pyongyang in 20 years; EU eyes more

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades on Wednesday, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The United States and North Korea’s traditional ...

Mar 2, 2016

Malaysia customs seizes 159 kg of smuggled ivory

Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they had confiscated 159 kilograms of ivory smuggled by air passengers, the latest seizures in a country used as a transit point in the illegal trade. Customs officials, who said the haul was worth $382,200, displayed the seized elephant tusks ...

Mar 1, 2016

China arrests church pastor after cross protest

Chinese authorities have arrested the pastor of the biggest Protestant church in the eastern city of Hangzhou for embezzlement, a state-backed newspaper said Tuesday, after he opposed the forced removal of crosses. Zhejiang province, which has Hangzhou as its capital, has launched a widespread ...

Mar 1, 2016

Cambodians admit to raping French tourists in Thailand

Five Cambodian fisherman have confessed to raping and assaulting French tourists on an isolated Thai beach, Cambodia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Thai police said four French tourists were attacked late on Saturday on Koh Kood, a remote island near Thailand’s ...