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May 20, 2014

China graft official eyed for corruption

China is investigating a corruption inspector for corruption, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said Monday, as an anti-graft campaign intensifies. Since President Xi Jinping’s appointment last year, the government has cracked down on official corruption and extravagance in China, where the common and ...

China fingers separatist group for Urumqi train station attack

May 18, 2014

China fingers separatist group for Urumqi train station attack

China on Sunday blamed a separatist militant group for carrying out a deadly attack at a train station in the western Xinjiang region last month, underscoring Beijing’s claims that the country faces a threat from an organized militancy with elements based overseas. China had ...

May 17, 2014

Pakistani minority 'blasphemer' slain

A teenager reportedly walked into a Pakistani police station Friday and shot dead a 65-year-old man from a minority sect who had been accused of blasphemy, the second murder involving the country’s controversial blasphemy laws in as many weeks. Victim Khalil Ahmad was a ...

May 17, 2014

Xinjiang attack suspects arrested

Chinese police have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in an attack and bombing at a train station last month in the western city of Urumqi, the Global Times newspaper reported Saturday. Three people were killed, including the assailants, and 79 wounded in the ...

May 13, 2014

100 more Filipino suspects linked to sex blackmail

About 100 more Filipino suspects have been linked to online blackmail syndicates that extorted money from victims worldwide after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats, a Philippine police official said Tuesday. Authorities arrested 58 suspects in ...

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

May 13, 2014

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

A New Zealand woman caught with drugs on Bali will be charged with hash possession and could face up to 12 years in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Leeza Ormsby, 37, was detained in February after police raided her villa in the tourist area ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

Hong Kong property moguls on trial in huge graft case

May 8, 2014

Hong Kong property moguls on trial in huge graft case

A blockbuster corruption trial involving Hong Kong property tycoons Thomas and Raymond Kwok opened Thursday, with all five defendants pleading innocent to bribery charges. The brothers, who jointly chair development giant Sun Hung Kai Properties, and Hong Kong’s former chief secretary Rafael Hui, were ...

May 8, 2014

Gang-raped Indonesian woman may be caned under Shariah law

An Indonesian woman who was gang-raped for allegedly having extramarital sex may be publicly caned for violating Islamic law, an official said Wednesday. The 25-year-old widow said she was raped by eight men who claimed to have found her with a married man in ...

May 6, 2014

Nepalese man demanding dowry sets pregnant wife on fire

Nepalese police were searching for a husband and his parents after they allegedly set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for dowry, an officer said Tuesday. Police accuse Farid Sheikh and his parents of pouring kerosene over the 25-year-old woman, who was ...

Apr 30, 2014

China targets Zhou cohort over graft

A top Chinese provincial official reportedly linked to former senior party leader Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party, its internal investigating authority said. Li Chuncheng was described as “morally degenerate” in a statement released by the ruling party’s Central Commission for ...