Asia Pacific Topics

May 8, 2014

Gang-raped Indonesian woman may be caned under Shariah law

An Indonesian woman who was gang-raped for allegedly having extramarital sex may be publicly caned for violating Islamic law, an official said Wednesday. The 25-year-old widow said she was raped by eight men who claimed to have found her with a married man in ...

May 6, 2014

Nepalese man demanding dowry sets pregnant wife on fire

Nepalese police were searching for a husband and his parents after they allegedly set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for dowry, an officer said Tuesday. Police accuse Farid Sheikh and his parents of pouring kerosene over the 25-year-old woman, who was ...

Apr 30, 2014

China targets Zhou cohort over graft

A top Chinese provincial official reportedly linked to former senior party leader Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party, its internal investigating authority said. Li Chuncheng was described as “morally degenerate” in a statement released by the ruling party’s Central Commission for ...

Claims 100 stray dogs buried alive in China probed

Apr 27, 2014

Claims 100 stray dogs buried alive in China probed

Claims that about 100 stray dogs were buried alive in northern China are being investigated, an official said Sunday, the latest apparent case of animal cruelty to shock the nation. Allegations that a pit pictured online Wednesday containing scores of stray dogs had been ...

Hong Kong rejects final appeal of 'milkshake murderer'

Apr 24, 2014

Hong Kong rejects final appeal of 'milkshake murderer'

American housewife Nancy Kissel, dubbed the “milkshake murderer,” on Thursday lost her final bid to appeal against her conviction in Hong Kong for the 2003 murder of her banker husband. Kissel, 50, serving a life sentence since 2005, was found guilty of drugging her husband ...

China says man tried to seize weapons in Xinjiang

Apr 18, 2014

China says man tried to seize weapons in Xinjiang

A youth killed by police in the restive Xinjiang region last weekend was trying to seize weapons, China said Thursday in a state media report that said at least one person who had spread a sharply different account of the youth’s death would be ...

Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

Apr 16, 2014

Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

Two brothers arrested for the second time over accusations of cannibalism appeared in court Tuesday, police officials said, in a sensational case that has horrified Pakistanis. A judge in an anti-terrorism court in Sargodha district ordered the men detained for a week pending an ...

Apr 12, 2014

Top China activist defiant in court

A top Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced Beijing’s high court as “absurd” Friday as it upheld his prison sentence for supporting anti-graft protests, his lawyer said. Xu Zhiyong, 40, was sentenced to four years in prison in January for backing demonstrations in which a ...

Pakistan judge frees baby in attempted murder case

Apr 12, 2014

Pakistan judge frees baby in attempted murder case

A Pakistani lawyer said Saturday that a judge had freed a 9-month-old boy accused of attempting to murder police in the eastern city of Lahore after police withdrew charges. Lawyer Irfan Tarar said the judge announced the decision after a court hearing during which ...

Apr 10, 2014

China circumcision ends murderously

A Chinese man “dissatisfied” with his circumcision is suspected of killing a doctor at the hospital where the procedure was carried out. Wang Fangli, 45, who underwent the surgical procedure last week, stabbed to death Shan Erhui in the doctors’ lounge of a hospital ...

Apr 9, 2014

Former Zhou aide caught in graft net

A longtime aide to Chinese political heavyweight Zhou Yongkang has been fired from his post and expelled from the ruling Communist Party for corruption, a party body said Wednesday. The move is the latest sign that authorities are targeting Zhou, the former domestic security ...