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Oct 16, 2015

Chinese police detain three for stealing body for ghost wedding

Police in northern China have detained three people suspected of stealing a corpse to sell as a bride in the ancient Chinese rite of ghost weddings, which join single people who died for a belated marriage in the afterlife. The official Xinhua News Agency ...

Oct 14, 2015

China jails aide to ex-security chief for graft

China has sentenced a former high-ranking provincial official to 20 years in prison for corruption, a court said, the fourth ally of ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang punished this week. Guo Yongxiang, once vice governor of Sichuan province, accepted more than 43 million yuan ($6.8 ...

Oct 10, 2015

Suspect detained in slaying of five aboard Chinese fishing boat

Chinese police said Saturday that they have detained a suspect after finding five bodies, one of them beheaded, aboard a fishing boat floating off the country’s east coast. The boat was found Thursday near the city of Zhoushan in Zhejiang province with no one ...

Oct 5, 2015

Former Hong Kong leader Tsang charged with corruption

Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged Monday with misconduct during his time in office in the latest high-profile corruption case to hit the city. Tsang ended his term in disgrace in June 2012 after admitting to accepting gifts from tycoons in the ...

Oct 4, 2015

Mosque raided after Australia 'terrorism-linked' shooting

An Australian mosque reportedly visited by a 15-year-old boy before he shot dead a civilian police employee in an “act of terrorism” has been raided, police said Sunday, as authorities boosted efforts to tackle youth radicalization. New South Wales state police said the mosque ...

Oct 3, 2015

China orders tighter mail security following mail bombings

China’s postal service is ordering tighter checks on packages following a series of mail bombings that killed 10 people and injured 51. Mail carriers and overnight delivery services must conduct additional checks for explosives, dangerous chemicals, weapons, gunpowder and poisons, the State Post Bureau ...

Difficult to buy a gun in China, but not explosives

Oct 2, 2015

Difficult to buy a gun in China, but not explosives

A series of deadly bomb blasts in China this week has shown how easy it is to acquire explosives in the country, revealing a major gap in its huge security apparatus as the economy slows and anger grows over issues like graft and poor ...

Sep 29, 2015

China punishes 249 'lazy' officials for unspent funds

China has punished 249 officials for laziness, exemplified by failure to spend government funds, delays to projects and sitting on land earmarked for development, as the government wages a war on graft, state news agency Xinhua said. Spooked by China’s biggest-ever crackdown on corruption, ...

Thailand's ousted PM files criminal case against opponents

Sep 29, 2015

Thailand's ousted PM files criminal case against opponents

Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was forced out of office more than a year ago, and who is still facing criminal charges, hit back at opponents Tuesday with her own lawsuit. Yingluck filed papers at Bangkok’s Criminal Court to counter-sue the country’s ...