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China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Jul 13, 2015

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has ...

Jul 12, 2015

Cocaine smugglers turn to South Asia for new routes, markets

Police who seized Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine at a Bangladeshi port late last month say it was headed for India, the latest sign that drug cartels are increasingly plying their trade in South Asia. It isn’t clear whether India was the ...

Jul 11, 2015

'Poison' sweets make hundreds of kids ill in Philippines

Hundreds of schoolchildren in the southern Philippines have fallen sick after eating durian-flavored sweets, the provincial governor said Saturday. Up to 1,350 elementary and high school students were treated in hospitals in nine towns overnight after they complained of stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and ...

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

Jul 9, 2015

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention Thursday after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer ...

Jul 5, 2015

Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charge over funds

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country’s leader has faced criminal allegations. The attorney general ...

Jul 2, 2015

Women hail Indian top court's rape ruling

Women’s rights activists in India hailed Thursday a Supreme Court ruling rejecting judge-ordered mediation between rapists and their victims, a legal move they said was common in the conservative country. The Supreme Court issued the warning after a public outcry over a judge’s decision ...

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Jul 1, 2015

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Heavily armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre remains in lockdown after the 15-hour disturbance, in which doors were ...

Jun 30, 2015

Riot erupts at Australia prison, guards evacuated

Hundreds of prisoners rioted at a maximum security prison in Melbourne on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of prison staff, media reports said. The unrest occurred when a protest over a smoking ban at the facility spun out of control. Television footage from the ...