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Myanmar jails Dutch tourist for pulling plug on Buddhist sermon

Oct 6, 2016

Myanmar jails Dutch tourist for pulling plug on Buddhist sermon

A Myanmar court on Thursday jailed a Dutch tourist for three months with hard labor for insulting religion after he unplugged an amplifier relaying a late-night Buddhist sermon. Klass Haytema, 30, was arrested two weeks ago after he pulled the plug on the Buddhist ...

Case dismissed for Australians who stripped at Malaysian car race

Oct 6, 2016

Case dismissed for Australians who stripped at Malaysian car race

A Malaysian court on Thursday dismissed a case against nine Australians arrested for stripping down to their swim wear at last Sunday’s Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix. Photos and videos of the men drinking beer from their shoes while wearing swimming trunks printed with ...

Sep 28, 2016

Tough anti-corruption law takes effect in South Korea

A tough new anti-graft law came into force in South Korea Wednesday with many hailing it as a milestone to help root out widespread low-level corruption. Dubbed the Kim Young-Ran law after the former supreme court judge who drafted it, the sweeping legislation covers ...

Sep 27, 2016

China sentences activists for 'disturbing social order': Xinhua

Three labor activists were given suspended sentences of two to four years, Chinese state media said Tuesday, citing their involvement with “overseas organizations hostile to China.” Zeng Feiyang, director of the prominent labor rights group the Panyu Workers’ Center, was given a three-year sentence ...

Sep 26, 2016

Indonesia collars alleged key trafficker of people Down Under

Indonesian police have arrested an alleged people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday. Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, was arrested in Jakarta before dawn on Friday, Indonesia’s national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said. ...

Cambodia deports 63 Chinese, Taiwanese over alleged web scam

Sep 21, 2016

Cambodia deports 63 Chinese, Taiwanese over alleged web scam

Cambodia has deported 50 Chinese and 13 Taiwanese citizens to China over an alleged internet scam, a senior police official said Wednesday. The move came in apparent compliance with a demand from Beijing. The suspects were flown out of Cambodia on Tuesday, said Gen. ...