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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 ...

Mumbai court convicts four over gang rape of photographer

Mar 21, 2014

Mumbai court convicts four over gang rape of photographer

A Mumbai court convicted four men Thursday over the gang rape of a photographer on assignment in the Indian city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women’s safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last ...

India court upholds death sentence for Delhi gang-rapists

Mar 14, 2014

India court upholds death sentence for Delhi gang-rapists

An Indian court upheld Thursday the death penalty handed to four men convicted of the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that shocked the country and sparked weeks of protests. The High Court rejected an appeal by the four, ...

Mar 13, 2014

Nine arrested over attack on Hong Kong journalist

Nine men have been arrested in connection with the brutal attack on a veteran Hong Kong journalist that sparked concerns for press freedom in the Chinese city, police said Wednesday. Kevin Lau, a former editor of the liberal Ming Pao newspaper, was hacked with ...