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Indonesian handed 20 years in 'poisoned coffee' murder

Oct 27, 2016

Indonesian handed 20 years in 'poisoned coffee' murder

An Indonesian woman was jailed for 20 years Thursday for murdering a friend from an Australian college with poisoned coffee in a “sadistic” fashion, capping a sensational trial that has gripped the country. Jessica Kumala Wongso, 28, who is also an Australian permanent resident, ...

Oct 24, 2016

Indian police kill 18 Maoist insurgents in eastern state

Indian police killed at least 18 Maoist rebels in the eastern state of Odisha on Monday after tracking them to a remote, forested area where a gunfight erupted shortly after midnight, police said. It was one of the heaviest casualty tolls suffered this year ...

Bangladesh says head of group blamed for cafe siege dead

Oct 21, 2016

Bangladesh says head of group blamed for cafe siege dead

The head of a Bangladeshi Islamist group accused of staging a deadly siege at a cafe and killing several foreigners, including seven Japanese, died while trying to evade arrest earlier this month, security officials said Friday. Abdur Rahman died in hospital on Oct. 8 ...

Oct 19, 2016

Indonesian leader Widodo defends chemical castration for pedophiles

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has defended the introduction of chemical castration for pedophiles, saying in an interview published Wednesday there can be “no compromise” when it comes to tackling sex crimes. Following an outcry over the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl, Widodo introduced a ...

Oct 17, 2016

Chinese official who hoarded cash convicted of graft

A former senior Chinese energy official found to have more than 200 million yuan ($29.99 million) in cash at his home has been given a suspended death penalty after being found guilty of corruption, state news agency Xinhua said Monday. Wei Pengyuan had been ...

Oct 13, 2016

South Korean fathers jailed for raping children's teacher

A South Korean court on Thursday handed down prison sentences of up to 18 years to three men who raped their children’s teacher in a case that shocked the country. The Mokpo district jailed the three for 12, 13 and 18 years for raping ...