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Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Heavily armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre remains in lockdown after the 15-hour disturbance, in which doors were smashed, fires lit and some inmates ...

Jun 21, 2015

Italian prosecutors seek to indict Bank of China, 297 people

Italian prosecutors are seeking to indict 297 people and the Bank of China in connection with a massive money-laundering investigation reported by The Associated Press earlier this month. The suspects, mostly Chinese migrants living in Italy, include four senior managers of the Chinese state ...

Jun 20, 2015

Cambodia seizes meth, heroin in biggest drug bust in years

Cambodian police say they have made one of their biggest drug seizures in several years, netting 55 kg of methamphetamine and heroin. Police said at a news conference Saturday that two Chinese men and a Cambodian woman were arrested in raids at four locations ...

Jun 13, 2015

China punishes local officials over deaths of four abandoned siblings

Several local Chinese officials were fired or suspended following the deaths of four siblings, ages 5 to 13, who were abandoned by their parents and neglected by government workers in one of China’s poorest regions, the district government said. Two village heads were fired ...

Jun 12, 2015

How the mighty are fallen: selfies and smiles in Zhou village

He wielded enormous power as China’s fearsome security chief, but at Zhou Yongkang’s ancestral village, his relatives’ tombs are now backdrops for selfies, and curious visitors crush the hedges around the family home. Zhou, who was jailed for life Thursday after a secret corruption ...

Jun 11, 2015

Ex-Chinese official, wanted for graft, applies for U.S. asylum

A former senior Chinese official who went into hiding after being sought by anti-corruption investigators has applied for asylum in the United States after been detained there, state media said on Thursday. Yang Xiuzhu, a former deputy mayor of Wenzhou in the booming eastern ...

Jun 9, 2015

Two police, three others dead in China shooting

Five people have been killed, including two police officers, in a shooting in rural northern China. The shooting early Tuesday in Suning county marked a rare incidence of gun crime in China, where private ownership of firearms is illegal. The official Xinhua News Agency ...

Jun 8, 2015

Man destroys house, cars in Australia bulldozer rampage

An Australian man was charged Monday with attempted murder after allegedly stealing a bulldozer, crushing four cars and then driving the machine through a house. Police were called to the home in Teralba, 143 km north of Sydney, early Monday after the 48-year-old flattened ...

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from troubled Rakhine state

Jun 8, 2015

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from troubled Rakhine state

Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offenses this year, media reported Monday, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves. Police gave a breakdown of their anti-trafficking activities with 56 cases ...

Jun 2, 2015

Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 lawsuit

Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out-of-court settlement in the tragedy’s first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government. Lawyer Arunan Selvaraj said Tuesday the mother of the boys decided ...

Jun 2, 2015

KFC sues Chinese companies over online rumors about its food products

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. The case filed by China’s biggest restaurant operator comes as the government ...