Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 12, 2016

Australian convicted of recruiting seven men to fight in Syria

The first person charged in Australia with recruiting and sending fighters to Syria was convicted Tuesday of recruiting seven foreign fighters. Hamdi Alqudsi, 42, had pleaded not guilty in the New South Wales state Supreme Court in Sydney to seven counts of recruiting men ...

Black Lives Matter condemns Dallas shootings, plans protests

Jul 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter condemns Dallas shootings, plans protests

Leaders and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement sought a delicate balance Friday by both condemning the slaying of five Dallas police officers and promising more demonstrations against deadly shootings by law enforcement. In Philadelphia, a group planned a “Weekend of Rage” to ...

Hong Kong says freed bookseller can't be sent back to China

Jul 6, 2016

Hong Kong says freed bookseller can't be sent back to China

Hong Kong’s security chief said on Wednesday that there is no legal way a Hong Kong bookseller who returned to the city after being detained on the mainland could be sent back to China. Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok’s comments came after a one-day ...

Jun 19, 2016

Pakistan woman held in 'honor killing' of pregnant daughter

Police in Pakistan have arrested a mother suspected of killing her pregnant daughter for marrying against the wishes of her family, the latest in a series of “honor killings” in the conservative Muslim country. Local police official Arshad Mahamood said Saturday that the mother ...

Jun 16, 2016

U.S. man commits suicide in Taiwan court room

An American man fatally stabbed himself with a pair of scissors in a Taiwan courtroom Thursday during his sentencing on drug possession charges, raising questions over security failings. The man, named as 41-year-old Tyrel Martin Marhanka, is thought to have hidden the dismantled scissors ...

Jun 14, 2016

American CEO jailed in Cambodia for sex with young children

Cambodia on Tuesday sentenced an American man to a decade in jail for sexually abusing girls as young as five, the latest effort to punish foreign pedophiles in the impoverished country. Brian Naswall, the 53-year-old CEO of Aero Cambodia, a small aviation firm based ...

Canada says hostage Robert Hall likely killed in Philippines

Jun 13, 2016

Canada says hostage Robert Hall likely killed in Philippines

A Canadian citizen being held hostage by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines for nearly nine months has likely been killed by his captors, the Canadian government said Monday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that officials were working closely with authorities ...

Jun 13, 2016

Shanghai police identify suspect in airport explosion

Shanghai police say they’ve identified a 29-year-old inveterate gambler as the lead suspect behind a small explosion at the city’s main international airport that injured four people. A statement issued Monday on the police force’s microblog said Zhou Xingbai had traveled to Shanghai from ...