Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 17, 2014

Romanian princess admits running cockfighting ring in Oregon

A Romanian princess and her husband pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of running an illegal gambling operation over their involvement in a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, daughter of exiled former Romanian King Michael, and her husband, John Walker, ...

Jul 14, 2014

China indicts U.S.-British couple in GlaxoSmithKline data-selling case

Chinese authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday, as the Briton blamed the pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him. Prosecutors in Shanghai filed charges of illegally obtaining ...

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. police seek graphic photos of teen in sexting case

A U.S. teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him. Prosecutors in Virginia told a judge they need photos of the 17-year-old’s erect penis to ...

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. couple arrested over 'caged' autistic boy

A Californian couple have been arrested for allegedly keeping their 11-year-old autistic son in a metal cage designed for an animal, police said Wednesday. The boy, who is unable to communicate, has been taken into protective custody with his younger siblings following their parents’ ...

Jun 30, 2014

Pakistan girl dies after suitor sets her on fire

A teenage girl died in Pakistan after being doused in gasoline and set alight by a man who wanted to marry her but whose proposal had been rejected, police said Sunday. It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan’s Punjab province within days, following ...

Jun 29, 2014

Kin kill Pakistani couple for marrying

A Pakistani teenager and her husband were murdered in a remote eastern town by a group of relatives for marrying against their wishes, police said Saturday. The killings come a month after a pregnant woman was beaten to death with bricks by members of ...

South Korean troops corner soldier who killed comrades

Jun 23, 2014

South Korean troops corner soldier who killed comrades

A day after trading gunfire, troops on Monday tightened a cordon around a South Korean soldier who killed five comrades at an outpost near the border with North Korea and went on the run. Officials said the military was using loudspeakers overnight to try ...

Military surrounds South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

Jun 22, 2014

Military surrounds South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

South Korean media are reporting that military authorities have surrounded a soldier who killed five comrades at a border outpost the day before and were engaged in a gunfight with him. Yonhap News agency and the YTN news channel said Sunday that authorities were ...

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The department improved its rating of strategic rival China, citing Beijing’s steps ...