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Pakistan court jails 10 for life over attack on Malala Yousafzai

Apr 30, 2015

Pakistan court jails 10 for life over attack on Malala Yousafzai

A court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment on Thursday for attempting to kill Nobel-prize winning teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012, officials said, though the chief suspect remains at large. Pakistani Taliban militants boarded the teenager’s school bus and shot her ...

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

Apr 29, 2015

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds of supporters weeping with joy and her children crying “Mama will live!” Mary Jane Veloso’s family said their prayers had been ...

Apr 29, 2015

China says will hunt down those guilty of serial bribery

Chinese authorities will hunt down individuals and organizations that engage in serial bribery, especially in cases which cause serious public anger or accidents, state media said on Wednesday, as the government takes on deep-rooted graft. The country’s top prosecutor, as part of broader efforts ...

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Apr 28, 2015

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia was to execute imminently eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy. The nine ...

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

Apr 28, 2015

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year’s disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide. A district court in November had sentenced ...

Apr 25, 2015

Australia fears worst for drug traffickers in Indonesia

Australia has made a last-ditch appeal for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of two drug traffickers facing execution, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop admitted she was fearing the worst. Indonesia has advised consular officials to head Saturday to Nusakambangan, the high-security ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ex-China security czar tells court he accepted bribes, abused power

The Communist Party official whose downfall ushered in China’s graft crackdown admitted to taking bribes and abusing power under the instructions of the country’s retired public security czar. Li Chuncheng, 59, a former deputy party chief in China’s Sichuan province, said Thursday that he ...

Apr 23, 2015

Philippine customs head quits in blow to Aquino anti-graft drive

Philippine Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla said he submitted his resignation Wednesday, citing pressure to promote people without considering their merit for the jobs. “I’m feeling the political patronage” pressure, Sevilla said at a briefing in Manila on Thursday, without elaborating. “I hope the next ...

Apr 22, 2015

Man who defaced Mao picture jailed for 14 months

A man who threw a jar of ink at the imposing portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been jailed for 14 months, media said Wednesday. Sun Bing in March last year “defaced” the iconic picture which hangs prominently ...