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Apr 7, 2015

Freed American thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison has defiantly thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, adding that regular visits by U.S. diplomats brought shining moments of light in his ordeal. Feng Xue, who was ...

Apr 6, 2015

Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australians on death row

An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country’s legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad. Following the ruling lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran vowed ...

Apr 6, 2015

Environment reporter arrested in China over suspected extortion

Beijing police have arrested an environmental reporter and his associates in an apparent extortion scandal, as China works to crack down on corruption in the news media. A string of corruption scandals in China’s news media has shaken the faith of the public in ...

Parents of South Korean ferry victims march in demand of probe

Apr 6, 2015

Parents of South Korean ferry victims march in demand of probe

Grieving parents of the victims of last year’s South Korean ferry sinking completed a 46-kilometer march Sunday to call for an independent probe into the tragedy. More than 600 people, including relatives of 250 high school students killed in the sinking, marched across Seoul ...

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported

A U.S. geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon ...

China charges former security chief with bribery, abuse of power

Apr 3, 2015

China charges former security chief with bribery, abuse of power

China’s once-feared former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial. Zhou is the most prominent victim ...

Apr 1, 2015

Indian police arrest four over nun rape

Indian police said Wednesday they have arrested four Bangladeshi nationals in connection with the rape of an elderly nun that sent shock waves through the Christian community. The nun, who is in her 70s, needed surgery after she was attacked last month when a ...

Apr 1, 2015

South Korean man charged over knife attack on U.S. envoy

South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. Kim Ki-jong, 55, was also indicted Wednesday on charges of assaulting a foreign envoy and obstruction, according to an official at the ...

Apr 1, 2015

China investigates diplomat suspected of taking bribes

Chinese authorities are investigating a diplomat working at the Chinese embassy in Paris for suspected bribe-taking, state news agency Xinhua has said. Xinhua identified the diplomat in a report late on Tuesday as Wu Xilin, the minister counselor for commercial affairs at the Paris ...