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Apr 13, 2016

British teacher found dead in China may have been murdered: police

A British lecturer who taught in Hong Kong has been found dead in mainland China, possibly murdered, police said. There were fears the man’s disappearance three weeks ago was linked to a million-dollar property deal. Local media reported Hilary Bower, 60, had been murdered, ...

Apr 12, 2016

Electile dysfunction: South Korea probes penis-pills-for-votes claim

Elderly men in South Korea have allegedly been given erectile dysfunction drugs to buy their votes in legislative elections, prosecutors said Tuesday, announcing an investigation into the suspected breach. South Koreans go to the polls on Wednesday in an election already overshadowed by North ...

Apr 7, 2016

Taiwan prosecutors charge five builders in earthquake deaths

Prosecutors in Taiwan are charging five builders with negligence after an apartment building collapsed during a February earthquake, killing 115 people. The Tainan district prosecutor’s office said Thursday the building’s developer, Lin Ming-hui, along with three employees of his Weiguan construction company and an ...

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

Mar 31, 2016

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld laws that toughened punishment on prostitutes, pimps and their clients. The 2004 legislation drove thousands of sex workers in traditional red-light zones out of business in South Korea, but prostitution has still thrived in the shadows. Sex ...

Mar 22, 2016

Vietnam blogger on trial for anti-state posts

A prominent Vietnamese blogger who is a former police officer and the son of a late government minister will be put on trial this week for alleged anti-state postings, his lawyer said Tuesday. Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, are ...