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Grisly Hong Kong murder sparks banker backlash

Nov 10, 2014

Grisly Hong Kong murder sparks banker backlash

The murder of two young Indonesian women in Hong Kong allegedly by a British expatriate has sparked a backlash against wealthy Western bankers accused of treating the financial hub as their own personal playground. The victims were found mutilated in 29-year-old Rurik Jutting’s upmarket ...

Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer dropped

Nov 7, 2014

Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer dropped

A murder-for-hire case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd collapsed Friday when New Zealand prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to proceed, just 24 hours after police sensationally filed charges. In a major embarrassment for the police, authorities said a charge of “attempt to procure ...

Hong Kong slaying suspect was 'bully'

Nov 6, 2014

Hong Kong slaying suspect was 'bully'

A British man accused of slaying two Indonesian women in Hong Kong was described by acquaintances and fellow pub mates as a “bully” who would use his bulky body to push through crowds and help himself to others’ drinks. One said he was making ...

AC/DC drummer arrested in N.Z. on murder plot: reports

Nov 6, 2014

AC/DC drummer arrested in N.Z. on murder plot: reports

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to “procure” a murder Thursday after New Zealand police raided his home, reports said. Police raided Rudd’s waterfront home at Tauranga in the North Island and charged him with a raft of offenses, Fairfax New Zealand ...

Oct 29, 2014

'Let him jump,' Chinese say over scam involving suicide

A Chinese man has staged repeated suicide attempts to extort cash, reports said Wednesday, provoking some online commentators to applaud his business acumen, while others called on him to jump to his death. The 47-year-old, surnamed Li, was pictured on different sets of scaffolding ...

Oct 27, 2014

South Korea seeks death penalty for captain of sunken Sewol ferry

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, and life sentences for three key crew members, a court official said. Prosecutors also requested that a district court sentence ...

North Korea mounts breezy charm offensive to avoid ICC referral

Oct 23, 2014

North Korea mounts breezy charm offensive to avoid ICC referral

For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen’s contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations’ bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his ...