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China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

Jun 5, 2014

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks. Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state broadcaster CCTV ...

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

May 31, 2014

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

Prosecutors in far western China have indicted eight people over an attack on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October in which a car plowed into a crowd and caught fire, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday. The government of the ...

May 31, 2014

India cops fired over cousins' gang rape

Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers Friday for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree. But in ...

May 31, 2014

Six arrested in China killing blamed on cult members

Six members of a religious cult have been arrested over the beating death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China, police said Saturday. The accused, including four members of the same family, allegedly attacked the woman in the city of Zhaoyuan ...

South Korean missionary is handed life sentence by North court

May 31, 2014

South Korean missionary is handed life sentence by North court

North Korea said Saturday it has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labor for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches, the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled North. North ...

May 30, 2014

India school raped kids, fed them feces

The owner and manager of a children’s boarding school in western India have been arrested after five minors said they were raped, forced to watch pornographic films and act them out with one another, police and charity workers said. The children were made to ...

Cambodian sex slavery activist quits U.S. foundation

May 30, 2014

Cambodian sex slavery activist quits U.S. foundation

A Cambodian woman internationally recognized for her work against sexual slavery has resigned from the foundation she helped create following reports that she distorted parts of her own history. Somaly Mam’s memoir, “The Road of Lost Innocence,” said she was abused and sold into ...

Teenage Indian cousins gang-raped, strangled and hung from mango tree

May 29, 2014

Teenage Indian cousins gang-raped, strangled and hung from mango tree

Authorities in northern India have arrested three men, including two police officers, suspected of gang-raping and killing two teenage cousins and hanging their bodies from a mango tree, sparking renewed public outrage Thursday over the country’s rampant sexual violence. Villagers found the bodies of ...

China switches tactics, hits activists with common-crime charges

May 28, 2014

China switches tactics, hits activists with common-crime charges

by Didi Tang

In prosecuting the country’s political and social activists, an image-conscious Beijing is shifting its tactics. Beijing is increasingly using public disorder charges to lock up those it considers as nuisances or threats to its rule, rather than filing charges of inciting state subversion that ...

Bounty rises for fugitive Sewol businessman

May 26, 2014

Bounty rises for fugitive Sewol businessman

Under-pressure South Korean prosecutors Monday upped to $500,000 a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a fugitive businessman in connection with last month’s ferry disaster. The new sum was a 10-fold increase from the 50 million won ($50,000) originally offered last ...

May 24, 2014

Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan after complaints

Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to “blasphemous” and “unethical” content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block ...