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Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

Dec 24, 2015

Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

A Thai court on Thursday sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island last year, in a case that raised questions about police competence and the treatment of migrant workers in Thailand. Human Rights Watch ...

Dec 17, 2015

Singapore PM wins $106,000 in damages from activist

An activist blogger was Thursday ordered to pay Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong 150,000 Singapore dollars($106,000) in damages for accusing him of stealing state funds. Roy Ngerng, a former government employee, had accused Lee of criminally misappropriating money from the Central Provident Fund ...

Dec 15, 2015

Thai man faces prison for insulting king's dog: lawyer

A Thai man faces prison after being charged with lese majeste for insulting the king’s dog, his lawyer said Tuesday, in an escalation of the already draconian royal defamation law. Thanakorn Siripaiboon, 27, has been charged by police with lese majeste for a “satirical” ...

China's plainclothes officers a force against dissent

Dec 15, 2015

China's plainclothes officers a force against dissent

The tough guys wore smiley face stickers, but they weren’t there to spread good cheer. Scenes of pushing, shouting and shoving outside a Beijing courthouse this week were orchestrated by plainclothes security officers identified by a sticker familiar around the world — the yellow ...

Disappearances highlight Chinese ruling party's detention system

Dec 12, 2015

Disappearances highlight Chinese ruling party's detention system

The baffling disappearance of Chinese executives in recent weeks has drawn attention to the ruling Communist Party’s practice of holding people incommunicado either as targets of investigations themselves or to help with probes of others. The most recent example came Thursday, when Caixin magazine ...