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May 13, 2015

Amnesty tells South Korea to release jailed draft dodgers

Amnesty International on Wednesday called on South Korea to release hundreds of young men jailed for refusing mandatory military service, labelling their continued internment a “scandal.” Every able-bodied South Korean male between the ages of 18 and 35 is required to serve two years ...

May 12, 2015

China investigating police shooting of man at train station

China’s Public Security Ministry is investigating a shooting in which a police officer killed an unarmed traveler in front of his elderly mother and three small children at a train station, the ministry said Tuesday. Local railway police said the officer pulled the trigger ...

May 12, 2015

Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A masked gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since February, police said. “Attackers wearing masks hacked Ananta Bijoy Das with machetes in Sylhet city at around 8:30 a.m. this morning. We ...

May 9, 2015

Australian police disrupt bomb plot by teen

Police arrested a 17-year-old and accused him of plotting to detonate three homemade bombs in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said on Saturday, in the latest terrorism scare involving a teenager. The teen was arrested on Friday afternoon in a joint federal-state police ...

May 5, 2015

Shutdown of website deemed 'anti-foreigner' riles Singapore bloggers

A group of bloggers on Monday urged Singapore’s media regulator to rescind an order to shut down a website accused of fanning anti-foreigner sentiment, calling it a “brutal attempt at censorship.” The Media Development Authority (MDA) on Sunday ordered Singaporean Yang Kaiheng, 26, and ...

May 4, 2015

Hong Kong police hunt kidnappers who fled with ransom

Hong Kong police on Monday arrested one of six suspects who fled with millions in ransom money after a kidnapping, the city’s new police commissioner Stephen Lo said. City authorities embarked on a massive operation to hunt down six suspected kidnappers after the release ...

Pakistan court jails 10 for life over attack on Malala Yousafzai

Apr 30, 2015

Pakistan court jails 10 for life over attack on Malala Yousafzai

A court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment on Thursday for attempting to kill Nobel-prize winning teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012, officials said, though the chief suspect remains at large. Pakistani Taliban militants boarded the teenager’s school bus and shot her ...

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

Apr 29, 2015

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds of supporters weeping with joy and her children crying “Mama will live!” Mary Jane Veloso’s family said their prayers had been ...