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Jul 15, 2015

South Korea to return one of two stolen statues to Japan

South Korea has decided to return one of two ancient Buddha statutes that were stolen by Korean thieves in Japan three years ago, the prosecutor general’s office said Wednesday. Although Japan demanded the return of both Korean-made statues, the prosecutor said the second likeness ...

Jul 15, 2015

China arrests Britons, South Africans for 'terror' videos

Twenty foreign tourists including Britons, South Africans and an Indian national have been arrested in northern China, according to reports by Britain’s Foreign Office and a South African charity, on suspicion some had ties to a “terror group.” China has agreed to release 11 ...

Jul 15, 2015

Foreigners could be subject to death penalty under new Thai anti-graft law

Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners. Previous legislation provided various punishments, including a possible death penalty, for Thai officials convicted of bribery, though apparently no one was ever executed for the crime. The ...

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

Jul 14, 2015

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

China’s state media last month accused Wang Yu, the country’s most prominent female human rights lawyer, of “blabbering about the rule of law and human rights.” Two weeks later, she met a Reuters reporter, saying she thought her arrest was inevitable. Wang has defended ...

Jul 14, 2015

Chinese police say they fatally shot 3 Uighur 'terrorists'

Police in northeastern China said they fatally shot three minority Muslim Uighurs Monday, calling them terrorists who were using knives to resist arrest. Police also injured a fourth suspect during the incident Monday in Shenyang, police said in a statement on their microblog. A ...

Jul 13, 2015

Three Chinese Uighurs get six years over terrorism in Indonesia

An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced three members of China’s ethnic Uighur minority community to six years in prison after finding them guilty of conspiring with Indonesian militants, including a fugitive who is on the nation’s most-wanted list. A panel of judges at the ...

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Jul 13, 2015

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has ...

Jul 12, 2015

Cocaine smugglers turn to South Asia for new routes, markets

Police who seized Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine at a Bangladeshi port late last month say it was headed for India, the latest sign that drug cartels are increasingly plying their trade in South Asia. It isn’t clear whether India was the ...

Jul 11, 2015

'Poison' sweets make hundreds of kids ill in Philippines

Hundreds of schoolchildren in the southern Philippines have fallen sick after eating durian-flavored sweets, the provincial governor said Saturday. Up to 1,350 elementary and high school students were treated in hospitals in nine towns overnight after they complained of stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and ...

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

Jul 9, 2015

AC/DC's Rudd given home detention for threatening to kill

A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention Thursday after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer ...