Asia Pacific Topics

Aug 12, 2016

10 dead in suspected jailbreak in Philippines

Ten prisoners in the Philippines were killed when a suspected jailbreak and attempt to kidnap the warden went wrong in a Manila suburb, authorities said Friday. The prisoners, including two Chinese, were meeting with the warden of the Paranaque City jail in his office ...

Briton arrested over deadly Bangladesh cafe siege

Aug 4, 2016

Briton arrested over deadly Bangladesh cafe siege

A British national and a student at a Canadian university who were dining at a Bangladeshi cafe when it was besieged by jihadis last month have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack. Police said Hasnat Karim, a British citizen of Bangladesh ...

Aug 2, 2016

Chinese human rights activist gets suspended sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a yearlong case shrouded in secrecy and involving hundreds of Chinese human rights ...

Fearing secret trial, activists' friends protest China court

Aug 1, 2016

Fearing secret trial, activists' friends protest China court

Around two dozen supporters of a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer and three activists charged with subversion protested outside a northern city court Monday amid widespread concerns that authorities were holding their trials in secret. Flanked by Western diplomats, the supporters gathered outside the ...

Hooded teen speaks as Australia juvenile abuse anger mounts

Jul 27, 2016

Hooded teen speaks as Australia juvenile abuse anger mounts

A teenage boy shown hooded and shackled in images from a juvenile detention center that shocked Australia has apologized for his crimes as anger mounted over the scandal Wednesday. The treatment of Dylan Voller has become the focus of outrage after graphic evidence was ...

Former top Chinese general sentenced for taking bribes

Jul 25, 2016

Former top Chinese general sentenced for taking bribes

A Chinese military court has sentenced former top Gen. Guo Boxiong to life in prison for taking bribes. The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that Guo had also been stripped of his rank and forced to hand over all his assets to the ...

Jul 12, 2016

Australian convicted of recruiting seven men to fight in Syria

The first person charged in Australia with recruiting and sending fighters to Syria was convicted Tuesday of recruiting seven foreign fighters. Hamdi Alqudsi, 42, had pleaded not guilty in the New South Wales state Supreme Court in Sydney to seven counts of recruiting men ...