Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 5, 2016

Missing Hong Kong bookseller's wife drops police report

The mystery surrounding five missing Hong Kong booksellers known for titles banned in mainland China deepened after one purportedly wrote to say he was fine and helping with an investigation, prompting his wife to drop a missing person’s report. Hong Kong police said late ...

Dec 28, 2015

China passes first domestic violence law, gay couples excluded

China’s largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed the country’s first law against domestic violence, which covers unmarried people who cohabit but does not protect gay couples, a senior lawmaker said. China previously did not have a special law covering violence in the family, ...

Australia police find locked-up boy during drug raid

Dec 24, 2015

Australia police find locked-up boy during drug raid

Australian police voiced shock Thursday after discovering an 8-year-old boy locked up in a shed with only a mattress and a bucket at an elaborate underground drug-growing compound. The boy and three other children — all aged between 1 and 9 — were found ...

Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

Dec 24, 2015

Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

A Thai court on Thursday sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island last year, in a case that raised questions about police competence and the treatment of migrant workers in Thailand. Human Rights Watch ...

Dec 17, 2015

Singapore PM wins $106,000 in damages from activist

An activist blogger was Thursday ordered to pay Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong 150,000 Singapore dollars($106,000) in damages for accusing him of stealing state funds. Roy Ngerng, a former government employee, had accused Lee of criminally misappropriating money from the Central Provident Fund ...