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Malaysia says $675 million in Najib accounts are donations

Aug 3, 2015

Malaysia says $675 million in Najib accounts are donations

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said its investigations found that 2.6 billion ringgit ($675 million) in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal accounts are donations and not from a debt-ridden state investment company. The agency has completed its probe of the premier’s accounts and sent the ...

Aug 3, 2015

Abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple under investigation

Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China’s famed Shaolin Temple. The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by the national body to look into the claims against Master Shi Yongxin. ...

Jul 31, 2015

China to prosecute former general for graft

China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, will ...

Jul 30, 2015

China investigates former vice-minister of environmental protection for graft

China’s former vice minister of environmental protection has been placed under investigation for “severe disciplinary and law violation,” the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency said on Thursday, using a common euphemism for corruption. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on ...

Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Jul 27, 2015

Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues stormed a police station Monday in India’s northern frontier state of Punjab close to the border with Pakistan, killing six people and wounding several others. Police exchanged fire with the attackers, who remained holed up in the ...

Jul 27, 2015

Australian 'Islamic State nurse' remanded in custody

An Australian nurse who allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria was Monday remanded in custody on terrorism charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants. Adam Brookman, a 39-year-old father of five, is accused of knowingly providing support ...

Jul 27, 2015

Amid crackdown, China attempts to dispel foreign NGOs' concerns

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign nongovernment organizations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society. Western governments and foreign nonprofit groups are pressuring China ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...