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Mar 16, 2015

Pandas gone wild: Chinese man wins payout for bite

A Chinese man who sued local government officials over an attack by a giant panda has won more than $80,000 in compensation, his lawyer said Monday. The animals are renowned for their lovable appearance but despite their placid, bamboo-chewing image they are members of ...

Mar 16, 2015

China detained nearly 1,000 rights defenders in 2014: advocacy group

Chinese authorities detained nearly 1,000 human rights defenders in 2014, an advocacy group said Monday, accusing President Xi Jinping’s government of setting China’s “worst record of human rights violations since the mid-1990s.” The figure nears the number detained in the previous two years combined, ...

Prayers said across India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Mar 15, 2015

Prayers said across India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Prayers were said at churches across India on Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fueled fears among beleaguered Christians. The attack on the 71-year-old comes just days after ...

A law unto itself: Thai junta churns out new rules

Mar 13, 2015

A law unto itself: Thai junta churns out new rules

It usually meets just twice a week, and many of its 220 members have little or no experience of making laws. But that hasn’t slowed down Thailand’s interim parliament, which was installed by the military junta that seized power last May. In the past ...

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Mar 12, 2015

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Australia has offered to cover Indonesia’s costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution, the foreign minister said Thursday. Australia is lobbying hard to prevent the executions by firing squad of Australians Andrew Chan, ...

Mar 10, 2015

Doubts over China prisoner organ harvesting ban

China has banned the harvesting of transplant organs from executed prisoners, a senior official said, but international medical practitioners warn that inmates’ body parts may simply be reclassified as “donations” instead. High demand for organs in China and a chronic shortage of donations has ...

Mar 6, 2015

Angry mob lynches rape accused to death in India

A rape suspect was pulled out of a jail and lynched by a mob in northeastern India on Thursday, local reports said, with anger raging over the high rate of sexual violence in the country. The man, who stood accused of raping a woman ...

Mar 4, 2015

India bans documentary about 2012 Delhi gang rape

A documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 has been banned in India over concerns that derogatory comments made by one of the rapists could create an atmosphere of fear and tension, a police official said. ...