Asia Pacific Topics

May 13, 2014

100 more Filipino suspects linked to sex blackmail

About 100 more Filipino suspects have been linked to online blackmail syndicates that extorted money from victims worldwide after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats, a Philippine police official said Tuesday. Authorities arrested 58 suspects in ...

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

May 13, 2014

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

A New Zealand woman caught with drugs on Bali will be charged with hash possession and could face up to 12 years in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Leeza Ormsby, 37, was detained in February after police raided her villa in the tourist area ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

Hong Kong property moguls on trial in huge graft case

May 8, 2014

Hong Kong property moguls on trial in huge graft case

A blockbuster corruption trial involving Hong Kong property tycoons Thomas and Raymond Kwok opened Thursday, with all five defendants pleading innocent to bribery charges. The brothers, who jointly chair development giant Sun Hung Kai Properties, and Hong Kong’s former chief secretary Rafael Hui, were ...

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 ...