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Nov 26, 2014

Formal inquiry urged into abuse at Australian military academy

Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defense force found Wednesday. The chair of the investigating task force, Len Roberts-Smith, said two reports submitted in parliament contained “shocking accounts of ...

Nov 26, 2014

China considers suing 'economic fugitives' in the U.S.

China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars, an unusual step in a widening anti-graft campaign, a senior official said on Wednesday. The move, part of President Xi Jinping’s ...

Nov 26, 2014

'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

Singapore on Wednesday banned U.S.-based “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimizing “sexual assault and predation.” The move follows a similar ban by Britain last week. Officials in other ...

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

Nov 24, 2014

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in ...

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Nov 24, 2014

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women whose mutilated bodies were found in his Hong Kong apartment was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial next year after psychiatric tests. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Rurik Jutting, who has undergone two weeks ...

Chinese Communist paper backs charges against journalist

Nov 22, 2014

Chinese Communist paper backs charges against journalist

A newspaper published by China’s ruling Communist Party on Saturday endorsed charges of leaking state secrets against a veteran journalist that critics say amount to political persecution. The Global Times said in an editorial that Gao Yu is clearly guilty of leaking an internal ...

Nov 20, 2014

Nine convicted in Manila disco fire that killed 162

A Philippine court convicted nine people for graft Thursday over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people, mostly students celebrating the end of the school year. The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court convicted seven former city engineering officials of suburban Quezon City and two operators ...

Nov 19, 2014

India police say 4 bodies of women found in ashram

The bodies of four women were found inside an Indian guru’s heavily fortified ashram, police said Wednesday, a day after security forces tried to storm the sprawling complex and arrest the spiritual leader. Sant Rampal, 63, is believed to be holed up inside the ...

Nov 19, 2014

Would-be witness in Philippine massacre murdered

A potential witness in the trial over the Philippines’ worst political massacre has been killed, police said Wednesday as the government struggled to secure justice for the 2009 murder of 58 people. Tuesday’s attack brings to four the number of would-be witnesses in the ...