Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 26, 2015

Indian crime boss seized in Bali, suspected of 20 murders

An Indian fugitive wanted over a series of murders in his country has been arrested in Indonesia after decades on the run, police said Monday. Acting on a tip-off from Australian police, Indonesian authorities detained Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje on Sunday as he arrived in ...

Oct 26, 2015

Four held in Bangladesh over murder of Italian aid worker

Bangladesh police said Monday they have arrested four people in connection with the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot dead last month in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. “We have arrested four people in connection with the murder ...

Oct 24, 2015

Chinese pair held over Philippines killings flown back home for trial

Philippine officials say a Chinese consular officer and her husband, who allegedly killed two other Chinese diplomats and wounded their consul general, have been taken back to China, where they will be tried. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said police turned over the couple ...

Oct 23, 2015

China graft-buster says must learn from ancients to tackle corruption

China’s ruling Communist Party must learn from the traditional virtues that have defined Chinese culture since ancient times as it tackles corruption, a problem that still hangs “acutely” in front of them, the top graft-buster wrote on Friday. President Xi Jinping has launched a ...

Oct 21, 2015

Indonesia to use chemical castration to punish pedophiles

Indonesia’s president will soon sign a decree authorizing the use of chemical castration to punish pedophiles, the attorney general said, following a string of headline-grabbing child sex crimes. Indonesia will join a small group of nations that allow such punishment, including Poland, Russia, and ...

Delhi crowds blast police over toddler rape

Oct 18, 2015

Delhi crowds blast police over toddler rape

Angry crowds gathered Saturday in New Delhi to accuse police of failing to act over the rape of a toddler, with outrage mounting after the gang-rape of a 5-year-old girl in a separate attack. The 2½-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event in ...

Oct 17, 2015

India reels after rapes of girls aged two and five

A toddler and a five-year-old girl were raped in separate attacks in New Delhi overnight with at least one gang-raped, police said Saturday, as activists warned of an “epidemic” of sexual violence in the capital. The two-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event ...

Oct 16, 2015

Chinese police detain three for stealing body for ghost wedding

Police in northern China have detained three people suspected of stealing a corpse to sell as a bride in the ancient Chinese rite of ghost weddings, which join single people who died for a belated marriage in the afterlife. The official Xinhua News Agency ...

Oct 14, 2015

China jails aide to ex-security chief for graft

China has sentenced a former high-ranking provincial official to 20 years in prison for corruption, a court said, the fourth ally of ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang punished this week. Guo Yongxiang, once vice governor of Sichuan province, accepted more than 43 million yuan ($6.8 ...