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China detains famed film director for hiring prostitutes

Sep 15, 2014

China detains famed film director for hiring prostitutes

Film director Wang Quan’an, a Berlin International Film Festival winner known for the movies “Tuya’s Marriage” and “White Deer Plain,” has been detained on the charge of hiring prostitutes, Beijing police said Monday. Wang is the latest person caught up in a broad anti-vice ...

Sep 15, 2014

China's Xi begins South Asia tour in Maldives

Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the Maldives Monday beginning a three-nation tour of South Asia with a historic visit to an island paradise gaining a new reputation as a hotbed of militant Islamists. Xi, who arrived late Sunday, will hold talks with Maldives ...

North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

Sep 14, 2014

North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

by Eric Talmadge

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years’ hard labor for “hostile” acts, two weeks after he and two other detained Americans had pleaded for help from Washington. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, becomes the second American serving a ...

State's flood response angers Kashmiris

Sep 14, 2014

State's flood response angers Kashmiris

Residents of Indian Kashmir turned their wrath on state administrators, accusing them of failing to provide them with help after the worst flooding in over a century, and angrily dumped food parcels into gutters. A week into the disaster, which one state official estimates ...

Sep 14, 2014

Pakistan protest talks deadlocked after arrests

Talks to end a month long sit-in by anti-government protesters in Pakistan were deadlocked Saturday after authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators, some of whom were accused of storming a TV station. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have gathered thousands of supporters in ...

Sep 14, 2014

About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

Rescuers saved about 100 people Saturday night and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday. Coast guard Capt. Joseph Coyme said search and rescue efforts by air and sea ...

Pakistan seizes militants linked to attack on Malala

Sep 13, 2014

Pakistan seizes militants linked to attack on Malala

Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women. ...

India's Srinagar submerged as floods 'take out' city

Sep 12, 2014

India's Srinagar submerged as floods 'take out' city

The main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir has “drowned completely” under floodwaters, a senior official said Friday, with the deadly inundation now affecting about 2 million people in neighboring Pakistan and threatening its all-important cotton industry. The floods began in Kashmir after heavy monsoon rains ...