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S. Korean gamer who spent days in cafe held after son starves to death

South Korean police said Tuesday they have arrested a man for apparently allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes. The case will likely fuel an ongoing debate about the problem of compulsive online gaming in South Korea, where parliament is ...

Apr 12, 2014

Top China activist defiant in court

A top Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced Beijing’s high court as “absurd” Friday as it upheld his prison sentence for supporting anti-graft protests, his lawyer said. Xu Zhiyong, 40, was sentenced to four years in prison in January for backing demonstrations in which a ...

Pakistan judge frees baby in attempted murder case

Apr 12, 2014

Pakistan judge frees baby in attempted murder case

A Pakistani lawyer said Saturday that a judge had freed a 9-month-old boy accused of attempting to murder police in the eastern city of Lahore after police withdrew charges. Lawyer Irfan Tarar said the judge announced the decision after a court hearing during which ...

Apr 10, 2014

China circumcision ends murderously

A Chinese man “dissatisfied” with his circumcision is suspected of killing a doctor at the hospital where the procedure was carried out. Wang Fangli, 45, who underwent the surgical procedure last week, stabbed to death Shan Erhui in the doctors’ lounge of a hospital ...

Apr 9, 2014

Former Zhou aide caught in graft net

A longtime aide to Chinese political heavyweight Zhou Yongkang has been fired from his post and expelled from the ruling Communist Party for corruption, a party body said Wednesday. The move is the latest sign that authorities are targeting Zhou, the former domestic security ...

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

Apr 4, 2014

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year. The sentences were announced at a court ...

Apr 4, 2014

India jails 24 over 1996 teen gang rape

One man was sentenced to life and 23 others to prison terms Friday for raping a teenager who was kidnapped and held hostage 18 years ago in India. The high court in Ernakulam, Kerala state, sentenced 23 of the men to seven to 11 ...

Apr 4, 2014

'Blood money' saves Indonesian maid

Indonesia said Thursday it had agreed to pay $1.9 million to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid in Saudi Arabia for murder. Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad was sentenced in 2011 for the robbery-murder of her employer’s wife. She was to be beheaded in ...

Mar 31, 2014

Tycoon stands trial in Chinese gangland case

A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in China’s Sichuan province that gunned down rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police. The trial centers around Liu Han, former multimillionaire chairman of ...

Pakistan court indicts former President Musharraf for treason

Mar 31, 2014

Pakistan court indicts former President Musharraf for treason

A Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason on charges relating to his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, in a historic first for a country controlled for half of its history by the army. Tahira Safdar, one of three judges ...

Mar 29, 2014

Prisoner releases 'may slow in China'

China appears to have decided to stop accepting lists of prisoners whom foreign governments want released, a prominent human rights advocate said Friday. John Kamm, a U.S. businessman turned activist who has helped win clemency for numerous Chinese prisoners, predicted that Beijing may move ...

Mumbai court convicts four over gang rape of photographer

Mar 21, 2014

Mumbai court convicts four over gang rape of photographer

A Mumbai court convicted four men Thursday over the gang rape of a photographer on assignment in the Indian city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women’s safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last ...