Asia Pacific Topics

Apr 14, 2015

Indonesian lawmakers propose bill to ban alcohol consumption

Two Islamic parties have proposed laws to ban all alcohol consumption and bring jail terms of up to two years for offenders in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday. It was not immediately clear how much support ...

Apr 14, 2015

China to strengthen surveillance, security in anti-terror push

China will establish a national population database linked to ID information and credit records, state media reported late Monday, as part of a larger push to beef up surveillance and security in response to violent unrest. China has already taken a series of measures ...

Apr 13, 2015

Graft trial begins for Beijing former state oil boss

A top official who led China’s biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies went on trial Monday on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Defendant Jiang Jiemin is a former chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corp. CNPC, ...

Apr 12, 2015

China says U.S. backs its campaign to hunt down 'economic fugitives'

The United States has promised support for China’s campaign to hunt corrupt officials fleeing abroad, the official Xinhua News Agency reported after meetings between security officials from the world’s two largest economies. Talks last week between Chinese domestic security leaders Meng Jianzhu and Guo ...

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official  for war crimes

Apr 12, 2015

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official for war crimes

Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday executed a senior Islamist party official convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering a call for a nationwide general strike by the condemned man’s supporters. One prison official, speaking on condition of ...

Apr 8, 2015

Hong Kong expats arrested after daughter plunges to her death

The British father and Filipino mother of a teenager in Hong Kong have been arrested after she plunged to her death from an upmarket apartment block. Police said there was “no suspicious element” in the 15-year-old girl’s fatal fall, but arrested both her parents ...

Malaysia reinstates detention without trial

Apr 7, 2015

Malaysia reinstates detention without trial

Malaysia’s lawmakers passed an anti-terrorism bill Tuesday after more than 10 hours of heated debate over a law that reintroduces detention without trial, three years after it was revoked. Opposition members of parliament proposed several amendments to the legislation, under which individuals can be ...

Apr 7, 2015

Freed American thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison has defiantly thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, adding that regular visits by U.S. diplomats brought shining moments of light in his ordeal. Feng Xue, who was ...

Apr 6, 2015

Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australians on death row

An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country’s legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad. Following the ruling lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran vowed ...

Apr 6, 2015

Environment reporter arrested in China over suspected extortion

Beijing police have arrested an environmental reporter and his associates in an apparent extortion scandal, as China works to crack down on corruption in the news media. A string of corruption scandals in China’s news media has shaken the faith of the public in ...