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Mar 22, 2015

'India's first gun for women' proves a hit — among men

A lightweight revolver launched in the wake of a deadly 2012 gang rape in Delhi and billed as India’s first gun designed for women has proved a hit — but only among men. Sales figures for the “nirbheek,” which means “fearless” in Hindi, show ...

Sydney siege cafe reopens, with plaques honoring victims

Mar 20, 2015

Sydney siege cafe reopens, with plaques honoring victims

A Sydney cafe that was the scene of a siege three months ago reopened on Friday with plaques honoring two victims killed during the 16-hour standoff, which prompted tighter Australian immigration controls and a review of anti-terror laws. The Lindt Chocolate Cafe opened its ...

Mar 19, 2015

Yingluck rice subsidy case to go before court

Thailand’s Supreme Court accepted a criminal case against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on a charge of mishandling a multibillion-dollar rice subsidy scheme, and she could be jailed for 10 years if found guilty. “This case is in the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction ...

Mar 18, 2015

Srebrenica massacre suspects arrested

Prosecutors on Wednesday made Serbia’s first arrests of people suspected of the Srebrenica massacre killings, The Associated Press learned. It was a milestone in healing the wounds of Europe’s worst civilian slaughter since World War II. Serbian police arrested seven men accused of taking ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. teen accused of killing mother in Bali gives birth

An American teenager imprisoned in Bali on accusations of killing her mother has given birth to a baby girl, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to a baby girl via cesarean section on Tuesday in an Indonesian hospital, Anthony Scifo, ...

Mar 16, 2015

Pandas gone wild: Chinese man wins payout for bite

A Chinese man who sued local government officials over an attack by a giant panda has won more than $80,000 in compensation, his lawyer said Monday. The animals are renowned for their lovable appearance but despite their placid, bamboo-chewing image they are members of ...

Mar 16, 2015

China detained nearly 1,000 rights defenders in 2014: advocacy group

Chinese authorities detained nearly 1,000 human rights defenders in 2014, an advocacy group said Monday, accusing President Xi Jinping’s government of setting China’s “worst record of human rights violations since the mid-1990s.” The figure nears the number detained in the previous two years combined, ...

Prayers said across India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Mar 15, 2015

Prayers said across India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Prayers were said at churches across India on Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fueled fears among beleaguered Christians. The attack on the 71-year-old comes just days after ...

A law unto itself: Thai junta churns out new rules

Mar 13, 2015

A law unto itself: Thai junta churns out new rules

It usually meets just twice a week, and many of its 220 members have little or no experience of making laws. But that hasn’t slowed down Thailand’s interim parliament, which was installed by the military junta that seized power last May. In the past ...

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Mar 12, 2015

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Australia has offered to cover Indonesia’s costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution, the foreign minister said Thursday. Australia is lobbying hard to prevent the executions by firing squad of Australians Andrew Chan, ...