Asia Pacific Topics

Malaysia Airlines website hacked with '404 — plane not found' message

The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered Monday by hackers who referenced Islamic State jihadis and claimed to be from the “Lizard Squad,” a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks. The website’s front page was replaced with an image of a tuxedo-wearing lizard, and read “Hacked by LIZARD SQUAD — OFFICIAL ...

Thai ex-leader Yingluck impeached, facing corruption charges

Jan 23, 2015

Thai ex-leader Yingluck impeached, facing corruption charges

Thailand’s junta-stacked parliament voted Friday to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, hours after prosecutors announced plans to indict her for corruption — a double blow that risks reigniting the country’s bitter divisions. The successful impeachment of Yingluck, the kingdom’s first female premier and ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...

Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Jan 22, 2015

Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Sri Lanka’s new government has exonerated former army chief Sarath Fonseka of all charges, including treason, that were filed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, and restored his rank and medals. New President Maithripala Sirisena used his executive powers Wednesday to clear Fonseka of all ...

Jan 19, 2015

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on Indonesia death row

Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders. “The prime minister (Tony Abbott) has written again to President (Joko) Widodo,” Bishop said. “The Australian government ...

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

Jan 16, 2015

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

The arrest of a prominent Macau executive in the largest prostitution bust in the city’s history shows Chinese President Xi Jinping is broadening his crackdown on corruption to restrict even long-tolerated vices. Police in the former Portuguese colony arrested Alan Ho, handcuffing him and ...

South Korean activist arrested after making pro-North remarks

Jan 14, 2015

South Korean activist arrested after making pro-North remarks

Days after deporting a Korean-American woman for praising North Korea, South Korean authorities on Wednesday arrested a fellow activist and former leftist politician on similar charges. Both women fell foul of South Korea’s strict National Security Law (NSL), enacted in 1948 to protect the ...