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U.N. slaps sternest sanctions on Pyongyang in 20 years; EU eyes more

Mar 3, 2016

U.N. slaps sternest sanctions on Pyongyang in 20 years; EU eyes more

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades on Wednesday, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The United States and North Korea’s traditional ...

Mar 2, 2016

Malaysia customs seizes 159 kg of smuggled ivory

Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they had confiscated 159 kilograms of ivory smuggled by air passengers, the latest seizures in a country used as a transit point in the illegal trade. Customs officials, who said the haul was worth $382,200, displayed the seized elephant tusks ...

Mar 1, 2016

China arrests church pastor after cross protest

Chinese authorities have arrested the pastor of the biggest Protestant church in the eastern city of Hangzhou for embezzlement, a state-backed newspaper said Tuesday, after he opposed the forced removal of crosses. Zhejiang province, which has Hangzhou as its capital, has launched a widespread ...

Mar 1, 2016

Cambodians admit to raping French tourists in Thailand

Five Cambodian fisherman have confessed to raping and assaulting French tourists on an isolated Thai beach, Cambodia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Thai police said four French tourists were attacked late on Saturday on Koh Kood, a remote island near Thailand’s ...

Feb 24, 2016

Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts by 2019

Indonesia aims to shut down all of the country’s red-light districts by 2019 in a bid to eradicate prostitution in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, the Jakarta Post said late Tuesday, quoting the social affairs minister. The government has already closed 68 red-light ...

Feb 23, 2016

Singapore deports Indonesians over alleged links to Islamic State group

Singapore has deported four Indonesian men thought to be followers of an Islamic extremist leader. The men allegedly tried to travel to Syria, police said Tuesday. The four, who included a 15-year-old boy, were arrested Sunday in the city-state when immigration officials became suspicious ...

Two foreign suspects in Bangkok bombing plead innocent

Feb 16, 2016

Two foreign suspects in Bangkok bombing plead innocent

Two members of China’s Muslim Uighur minority pleaded innocent Tuesday to carrying out the deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark last year, with the lawyer of one saying his client claims to have been tortured to elicit a confession. The two men — Bilal ...