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Thai Army chief says Bangkok bomb suspect is being uncooperative

As police announced he was part of a people-smuggling gang, the chief of the Thai Army on Sunday said a man arrested in connection with the recent deadly Bangkok bomb blast is not cooperating. The unidentified foreigner, who is being held in military custody at an undisclosed location, was seized ...

Thai police say Bangkok bomb substance smells like TNT

Aug 26, 2015

Thai police say Bangkok bomb substance smells like TNT

Thai explosives experts say substance from the bomb that blew up in downtown Bangkok last week smells like TNT, although police still have not received chemical test results, the national police spokesman said Wednesday. Prawuth Thavornsiri told journalists that it was still not clear ...

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. Marine admits choking transgender Filipino, denies murder

A U.S. Marine charged with murder testified in court Monday that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight that started when he discovered that she was a transgender woman in a Philippine motel but stressed that he didn’t kill her, his lawyer said. ...

Aug 24, 2015

Faulty CCTV cameras hamper Thai bomber hunt

A week after a deadly bomb tore through central Bangkok, Thailand’s police chief Monday admitted that his force’s frantic search for those responsible has been hampered by faulty security cameras. The trail is growing increasing cold seven days after the bombing, which killed 20 ...

Aug 24, 2015

Jealous wife sentenced to life for Cambodia acid attack

A Cambodian court on Monday sentenced a garment factory worker to life in prison for killing another woman in an acid attack motivated by jealous rage over an alleged love affair. Sroeun Nann was arrested in March after splashing the acid on Meas Vanny, ...

Aug 24, 2015

The Maldives ex-president back in jail: party

The Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said police and prison officials clashed with supporters as they removed ...

Police fear Bangkok bombing suspect may have fled

Aug 23, 2015

Police fear Bangkok bombing suspect may have fled

Despite new surveillance video that may offer a possible clue to the bombing in central Bangkok that killed 20 people, Thai police said Sunday that the perpetrators may have already fled the country, and that they will “need some luck” to catch them. Surveillance ...

Indonesia court overturns teachers' sex abuse convictions

Aug 14, 2015

Indonesia court overturns teachers' sex abuse convictions

An Indonesian court has overturned convictions against a Canadian teacher and an Indonesian teaching assistant who were serving 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta, their lawyer said Friday. Neil Bantleman, 45, and Ferdinant ...

South Korea pardons SK Group leader amid growing discontent

Aug 13, 2015

South Korea pardons SK Group leader amid growing discontent

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday gave pardons to 6,527 people, including the chairman of the country’s third-largest conglomerate, the SK Group, citing, in part, Seoul’s efforts to revive a sputtering economy. The pardons announced by the justice minister come amid South Koreans’ ...

Aug 11, 2015

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

China has ordered 120 songs be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled “Don’t Want to Go to School” and “All Must Die” because they promoted sex, violence or “incited law-breaking,” authorities said Monday. No individual or organization is allowed to provide the songs, ...

Gun murder rate in Thailand on a par with United States

Aug 11, 2015

Gun murder rate in Thailand on a par with United States

Rungrat Rungsuwan was manning her small shop selling trinkets on a main tourist drag on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui when she heard a series of loud bangs. “At first I thought they were firecrackers,” she said, as tourists in flip-flops and ...

Aug 11, 2015

91-year-old Sydney man charged with importing cocaine

A 91-year-old retired surgeon has been charged with importing cocaine hidden in soap into Australia, prompting police to warn travelers to beware of being tricked into becoming drug mules. Victor Twartz, of Sydney, was released on bail when he appeared in Sydney’s Downing Center ...

Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Aug 8, 2015

Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka on Friday, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year. Niloy Chakrabarti, who used the pen name Niloy Neel, was killed after ...