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Thailand says no DNA match yet for two slain Britons

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area. Police also conducted autopsies that showed that 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge died from head wounds ...

Sep 10, 2014

China offers hefty rewards for 'terrorism' tips in Xinjiang

China is offering up to 1 million yuan ($160,000) in rewards to “terrorism” informants in its western Xinjiang region, state media said on Tuesday, in the latest policy aimed at getting a handle on unrest there. Authorities in numerous regions and provinces around China ...

Bomb rocks Santiago metro station; seven injured

Sep 9, 2014

Bomb rocks Santiago metro station; seven injured

A bomb rocked a Santiago metro station on Monday, injuring seven people in a blast Chile’s government called a “terrorist act.” The explosive device that ripped through the food court at Escuela Militar (Military School) station was made with a fire extinguisher and a ...

Sep 1, 2014

Man stabs three children to death in China school

A man stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school Monday, reports said, in the country’s latest attack against youngsters. The attacker killed himself by jumping from a building following the carnage ...

Aug 29, 2014

China's top judge says foreigners to be allowed into Chinese courts

China’s top judge has said foreigners will be regularly allowed into courts to listen to cases, state media reported on Thursday, as the government embarks on legal reform at a time of public discontent over many perceived miscarriages of justice. The announcement by Zhou ...

Aug 27, 2014

China's top judge lauds Zhou corruption probe

China’s top judge has said the ruling Communist Party’s decision to investigate former senior leader Zhou Yongkang demonstrates clearly that no party member is above the law, the semiofficial China News Service reported. The investigation “fully illustrates that in socialist China, no power exists ...

Aug 23, 2014

Philippine police smash online child 'sextortion' ring

Philippine police have arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment. The gang extorted money from foreigners by threatening to upload videos of them performing sexual acts, Gilbert Sosa, head ...

Ex-prosecutor in South Korea admits to public lewdness

Aug 23, 2014

Ex-prosecutor in South Korea admits to public lewdness

The former chief prosecutor on a South Korean island admits to performing lewd acts on city streets and feels extremely shameful for his behavior, his lawyer said Friday. Kim Soo-chang resigned earlier this week as chief prosecutor on Jeju Island but had denied the ...

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

Aug 23, 2014

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions. Citing insufficient evidence, the high court ...