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Hong Kong riot police clash with protesters amid crackdown on street vendors

Riot police used batons and pepper spray early Tuesday to disperse crowds from clashes that erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district. It was the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014. Protesters hurled bricks at police as scuffles broke out, while ...

Feb 8, 2016

Cambodia arrests man wanted over grisly murder of Spaniard in Bangkok

The prime suspect in the grisly murder and dismemberment of a Spanish national in Bangkok has been arrested in Cambodia, police said Monday. Multiple body parts belonging to businessman David Bernat were found floating in Bangkok’s Chao Praya river last month. Police believe he ...

Feb 5, 2016

China sheds more light on 3 missing Hong Kong booksellers

Mainland Chinese authorities say they are investigating three missing Hong Kong booksellers for unspecified criminal activity, shedding more light on a case that has gripped residents with fear that Beijing is tightening its hold on the city. Hong Kong police said late Thursday they ...

Feb 2, 2016

Foreign governments piling pressure on Malaysia over fund scandal

Malaysia may have absolved its prime minister in a huge corruption scandal, but foreign authorities investigating suspicious global fund flows are making clear they consider the affair far from over and that the net is tightening. Malaysia’s attorney general last week cleared Prime Minister ...

Feb 1, 2016

China arrests 21 over $7.6 billion Ponzi scam

Chinese authorities have arrested 21 people on suspicion of defrauding around 900,000 people of more than 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion), state media reported, after an online peer-to-peer lender turned out to be a giant Ponzi scheme. Ezubao offered investors annual returns of between ...

Feb 1, 2016

China punishes 27 officials over teen's wrongful execution

Twenty-seven officials in China have been “penalized” for the wrongful execution of a teenager 20 years ago, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Hugjiltu was 18 in 1996 when he was sentenced and put to death for the rape and murder of a ...

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 ...