Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 28, 2016

Australian teen accused of planning a kangaroo bomb against police

A teenage suspect discussed with a British accomplice packing a kangaroo with explosives before setting it loose on Australian police officers, prosecutors alleged on Thursday. Sevdet Ramadan Besim was ordered in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday to stand trial in the Victoria state ...

China frees Swedish rights activist after 'forced confession'

Jan 26, 2016

China frees Swedish rights activist after 'forced confession'

eijing The Chinese government has released and deported a Swedish man it accused of training and funding unlicensed lawyers in the country, leading to an extraordinary taped confession broadcast on state television. Swedish Embassy spokesman Sebastian Magnusson confirmed Tuesday that Peter Dahlin had left ...

Double murder suspect caught in Hong Kong to return to U.S.

Jan 25, 2016

Double murder suspect caught in Hong Kong to return to U.S.

A Chinese national arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly murdering two teenage nephews in the United States agreed to be extradited Monday, but claimed there were “problems” with the charges. Shi Deyun, 44, was detained by police at Hong Kong airport Saturday after taking ...

Jan 20, 2016

China jails former party chief of Xinjiang's capital for graft

A court in Beijing on Wednesday sentenced a former Chinese Communist Party chief of Urumqi, the capital of the violence-prone far-western region of Xinjiang, to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption. Yang Gang was indicted for accepting bribes last year. ...

Jan 18, 2016

Foreign jurists call for release of detained Chinese lawyers

Twenty prominent lawyers and jurists from Europe, North America, Australia and Pakistan on Monday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to release a dozen Chinese lawyers and legal assistants held in detention in an open letter published in the British newspaper The Guardian. In the ...

Jan 14, 2016

Vietnam jails Canadian for sexually abusing homeless boys

Vietnam has jailed a Canadian teacher for four years for sexually abusing underage homeless boys he met on Hanoi’s streets, a court official said Thursday, in a rare prosecution for the offense. Vadim Scott Benderman, 46, who taught English at a foreign language centre ...

Jan 5, 2016

Missing Hong Kong bookseller's wife drops police report

The mystery surrounding five missing Hong Kong booksellers known for titles banned in mainland China deepened after one purportedly wrote to say he was fine and helping with an investigation, prompting his wife to drop a missing person’s report. Hong Kong police said late ...