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Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues stormed a police station Monday in India’s northern frontier state of Punjab close to the border with Pakistan, killing six people and wounding several others. Police exchanged fire with the attackers, who remained holed up in the police station in Gurdaspur district 10 ...

Jul 30, 2015

China investigates former vice-minister of environmental protection for graft

China’s former vice minister of environmental protection has been placed under investigation for “severe disciplinary and law violation,” the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency said on Thursday, using a common euphemism for corruption. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on ...

Jul 27, 2015

Australian 'Islamic State nurse' remanded in custody

An Australian nurse who allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria was Monday remanded in custody on terrorism charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants. Adam Brookman, a 39-year-old father of five, is accused of knowingly providing support ...

Jul 27, 2015

Amid crackdown, China attempts to dispel foreign NGOs' concerns

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign nongovernment organizations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society. Western governments and foreign nonprofit groups are pressuring China ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...

Jul 25, 2015

Australian Islamic State group medic arrested on return home

An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria was arrested after returning home and faces potential terrorism-related charges. Adam Brookman, 39, was arrested at Sydney International Airport on Friday night on a Victoria ...

U.S. blacklists Singapore firm with links to N. Korea arms bust

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. blacklists Singapore firm with links to N. Korea arms bust

ashington The Treasury Department on Thursday blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of illicit weapon shipments. The financial sanctions were announced against Senat Shipping Company and Senat’s president, Leonard Lai, and on a vessel, Dawnlight, in which ...

Jul 23, 2015

Myanmar sentences Chinese nationals to life for illegal logging

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Myanmar after a court in the southeast Asian nation sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging. China’s voracious demand for Myanmar’s raw materials has fueled resentment in Myanmar toward its giant northern neighbor. Regions ...

Jul 21, 2015

College librarian in China admits he replaced art with fakes

A former chief librarian at a Chinese university admitted in court Tuesday to stealing more than 140 paintings by grandmasters in a gallery under his watch and replacing them with fakes he painted himself. For two years up until 2006, Xiao Yuan substituted famous ...

Jul 21, 2015

Knife man wounds four during attack at Taipei subway station

An unemployed man wielding a kitchen knife wounded four people in an attack on the subway in Taipei late Monday, just over a year after another stabbing spree left four dead and more than 20 injured, police said Tuesday. The attack on an escalator ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pacific man's bid to be first climate refugee rejected

A Pacific Islander who launched a landmark bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee faces deportation from New Zealand after a court rejected his appeal Monday. Ioane Teitiota, 38, argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati because rising seas ...