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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 ...

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

Apr 4, 2014

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year. The sentences were announced at a court ...

Apr 4, 2014

'Blood money' saves Indonesian maid

Indonesia said Thursday it had agreed to pay $1.9 million to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid in Saudi Arabia for murder. Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad was sentenced in 2011 for the robbery-murder of her employer’s wife. She was to be beheaded in ...

Mar 31, 2014

Tycoon stands trial in Chinese gangland case

A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in China’s Sichuan province that gunned down rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police. The trial centers around Liu Han, former multimillionaire chairman of ...

Pakistan court indicts former President Musharraf for treason

Mar 31, 2014

Pakistan court indicts former President Musharraf for treason

A Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason on charges relating to his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, in a historic first for a country controlled for half of its history by the army. Tahira Safdar, one of three judges ...

Mar 29, 2014

Prisoner releases 'may slow in China'

China appears to have decided to stop accepting lists of prisoners whom foreign governments want released, a prominent human rights advocate said Friday. John Kamm, a U.S. businessman turned activist who has helped win clemency for numerous Chinese prisoners, predicted that Beijing may move ...