Asia Pacific Topics

May 28, 2016

Crime reporter shot dead in Philippine capital: police

A crime journalist has been shot dead in Manila, police and colleagues said Saturday, the latest addition to a lengthening list of unsolved murders of media workers in the Philippines. Alex Balcoba, 56, was attacked in central Manila late Friday outside a watch repair ...

May 25, 2016

South Korean court rejects same-sex marriage lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court on Wednesday in the first case of its kind. Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-soo and his long-time ...

May 17, 2016

Philippines detains 25 Chinese fishermen for suspected poaching

Philippine fishing authorities said Tuesday they had detained 25 Chinese crew of two seized fishing boats on suspicion of poaching, a move that could further strain ties between two countries at odds over maritime sovereignty. A joint team from the Philippine coast guard and ...

May 16, 2016

Chinese tycoon admits $800m fraud in TV confession

The alleged mastermind of a scam that cost Chinese investors hundreds of millions of dollars lived in a penthouse flat featuring peacocks and fountains, reports said Monday after he was paraded on television confessing. Xu Qin, described as the “controller” of Zhongjin Asset Management ...

May 16, 2016

Vietnamese bank thwarts SWIFT message fraud

Vietnam’s Tien Phong Bank (TPBank) said Sunday it had thwarting a wire fraud attempt late last year. It said a third-party service it used to connect with the SWIFT global money transfers system may have been attacked by hackers. In an emailed statement, TPBank ...

May 3, 2016

India law student raped, mutilated in echo of Delhi attack

India police are hunting a man who sexually mutilated and murdered a student, an officer said Tuesday, an attack which echoes the 2012 fatal gang-rape of a Delhi student that sparked mass protests. The 30-year-old university law student from a low social caste was ...

IS claims responsibility for killing Bangladesh Hindu man

May 1, 2016

IS claims responsibility for killing Bangladesh Hindu man

A Hindu man was hacked to death in central Bangladesh in the latest attack claimed by radical Islamists in the Muslim-majority nation, police said. Authorities are investigating whether the killing on Saturday of Nikhil Joarder was connected to a 2012 complaint against him for ...

North Korea sentences American to 10 years' hard labor

Apr 29, 2016

North Korea sentences American to 10 years' hard labor

North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. Kim Dong Chul had been detained in the North on suspicion ...