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Military surrounds South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

Jun 22, 2014

Military surrounds South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

South Korean media are reporting that military authorities have surrounded a soldier who killed five comrades at a border outpost the day before and were engaged in a gunfight with him. Yonhap News agency and the YTN news channel said Sunday that authorities were ...

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The department improved its rating of strategic rival China, citing Beijing’s steps ...

China executes 13 allegedly connected to Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

Jun 17, 2014

China executes 13 allegedly connected to Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

China on Monday executed 13 people for “terrorist attacks” in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said, as death sentences were issued over a suicide car crash at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The announcement by the official Xinhua News Agency said the 13 ...

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Jun 13, 2014

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Southeast Asia has overtaken the Horn of Africa as the world’s hot spot for pirate attacks after concerted international efforts to police the waters off Somalia, the U.N. said Thursday. Last year 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken ...

Jun 12, 2014

Australian poisoned child, 4, on Facebook

An Australian who deliberately poisoned her 4-year-old daughter with cancer drugs and then detailed the girl’s “fight for life” on Facebook to garner attention for herself has been jailed for six years. The 23-year-old, who wasn’t named, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm in ...

Pakistan brothers imprisoned for eating dead baby

Jun 12, 2014

Pakistan brothers imprisoned for eating dead baby

A Pakistani court on Wednesday sentenced two brothers to 11 years in jail for eating a dead baby in a case that has shocked the country, a year after they were freed over a similar offense. Farman Ali and his brother, Mohammad Arif, were ...

S. Korean police storm compound in search of fugitive ferry owner

Jun 11, 2014

S. Korean police storm compound in search of fugitive ferry owner

Thousands of South Korean police forced their way into the compound of a Christian splinter group Wednesday in their search for a fugitive businessman wanted over April’s ferry disaster. Live television reports showed police officers, some in full riot gear, streaming into the sprawling ...

Jun 8, 2014

Aussie store manager assaulted with sex toys in brazen stickup

A shop manager was pelted with sex toys by an intruder wearing a wig and crotchless pants in an Australian erotica store stickup, local police reported Sunday. The man forced his way into the Brisbane adult shop through the roof just before 5:30 am ...

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

Jun 5, 2014

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks. Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state broadcaster CCTV ...