Asia Pacific Topics

Nov 19, 2014

Would-be witness in Philippine massacre murdered

A potential witness in the trial over the Philippines’ worst political massacre has been killed, police said Wednesday as the government struggled to secure justice for the 2009 murder of 58 people. Tuesday’s attack brings to four the number of would-be witnesses in the ...

Nov 19, 2014

Pakistani family sentenced to death over 'honor killing'

Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one of Pakistan’s top courts were sentenced to death on Wednesday for the crime, their defense lawyer said. The 25-year-old’s family attacked her because they objected to her marriage. Farzana Iqbal’s murder ...

Nov 19, 2014

Indonesia rapped for virginity tests on female police recruits

Indonesia’s national police are being urged to halt virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, with Human Rights Watch saying the practice is harmful and humiliating. The rights group said Tuesday that women applicants are ...

Malaysia's parents pay the price for Shariah law

Nov 11, 2014

Malaysia's parents pay the price for Shariah law

It was the last round of a recurring argument: M. Indira Gandhi’s husband wanted her to convert to Islam. A committed Hindu, she refused. He threatened divorce. Both started shouting. Neighbors came looking. Suddenly, he snatched their 11-month-old daughter from the arms of an ...

Grisly Hong Kong murder sparks banker backlash

Nov 10, 2014

Grisly Hong Kong murder sparks banker backlash

The murder of two young Indonesian women in Hong Kong allegedly by a British expatriate has sparked a backlash against wealthy Western bankers accused of treating the financial hub as their own personal playground. The victims were found mutilated in 29-year-old Rurik Jutting’s upmarket ...

Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer dropped

Nov 7, 2014

Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer dropped

A murder-for-hire case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd collapsed Friday when New Zealand prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to proceed, just 24 hours after police sensationally filed charges. In a major embarrassment for the police, authorities said a charge of “attempt to procure ...

Hong Kong slaying suspect was 'bully'

Nov 6, 2014

Hong Kong slaying suspect was 'bully'

A British man accused of slaying two Indonesian women in Hong Kong was described by acquaintances and fellow pub mates as a “bully” who would use his bulky body to push through crowds and help himself to others’ drinks. One said he was making ...

AC/DC drummer arrested in N.Z. on murder plot: reports

Nov 6, 2014

AC/DC drummer arrested in N.Z. on murder plot: reports

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to “procure” a murder Thursday after New Zealand police raided his home, reports said. Police raided Rudd’s waterfront home at Tauranga in the North Island and charged him with a raft of offenses, Fairfax New Zealand ...