Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 24, 2016

Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts by 2019

Indonesia aims to shut down all of the country’s red-light districts by 2019 in a bid to eradicate prostitution in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, the Jakarta Post said late Tuesday, quoting the social affairs minister. The government has already closed 68 red-light ...

Feb 23, 2016

Singapore deports Indonesians over alleged links to Islamic State group

Singapore has deported four Indonesian men thought to be followers of an Islamic extremist leader. The men allegedly tried to travel to Syria, police said Tuesday. The four, who included a 15-year-old boy, were arrested Sunday in the city-state when immigration officials became suspicious ...

Two foreign suspects in Bangkok bombing plead innocent

Feb 16, 2016

Two foreign suspects in Bangkok bombing plead innocent

Two members of China’s Muslim Uighur minority pleaded innocent Tuesday to carrying out the deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark last year, with the lawyer of one saying his client claims to have been tortured to elicit a confession. The two men — Bilal ...

Put Pyongyang on notice over crimes, U.N. rights envoy says

Feb 16, 2016

Put Pyongyang on notice over crimes, U.N. rights envoy says

The United Nation’s special envoy for human rights in North Korea urged the U.N. on Monday to formally warn the country that its leader and other top officials could be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. A report from Marzuki Darusman, the special rapporteur for ...

Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest

Feb 11, 2016

Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest

Several dozen people appeared in a Hong Kong court Thursday to face rioting charges following a violent clash earlier this week between protesters and police sparked by a clampdown on holiday street food vendors. Hong Kong police and local media reports said 37 people ...

Feb 8, 2016

China offers rewards for terrorism tipoffs: Xinhua

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan ($15,200) for each tipoff, after giving out 2 million yuan worth of rewards last year, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. “The Internet has become a channel for ...

Feb 8, 2016

Cambodia arrests man wanted over grisly murder of Spaniard in Bangkok

The prime suspect in the grisly murder and dismemberment of a Spanish national in Bangkok has been arrested in Cambodia, police said Monday. Multiple body parts belonging to businessman David Bernat were found floating in Bangkok’s Chao Praya river last month. Police believe he ...

Feb 5, 2016

China sheds more light on 3 missing Hong Kong booksellers

Mainland Chinese authorities say they are investigating three missing Hong Kong booksellers for unspecified criminal activity, shedding more light on a case that has gripped residents with fear that Beijing is tightening its hold on the city. Hong Kong police said late Thursday they ...