Asia Pacific Topics

Dec 20, 2014

Aussie mom held in kids' killings

Australian police said Saturday they have arrested the mother of most of the eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mark the tragedy. Officers have not revealed the cause of death of the children, ...

Dec 20, 2014

U.S. aid worker working near China-North Korean border arrested

A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the ...

Hong Kong tycoon, ex-deputy leader found guilty of massive corruption

Dec 19, 2014

Hong Kong tycoon, ex-deputy leader found guilty of massive corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government’s former deputy leader, Rafael Hui, were found guilty of corruption Friday in a blockbuster trial that shocked a city known for clean governance. Kwok’s billionaire brother Raymond was cleared after a seven-month trial over payments ...

Australia mass stabbing leaves 8 children dead

Dec 19, 2014

Australia mass stabbing leaves 8 children dead

Eight children have been found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns, police said Friday. They were reportedly stabbed to death. “Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death of eight children this morning,” police ...

Dec 19, 2014

Adviser to Australian lawmaker Palmer arrested for alleged kidnapping

Australian news outlets are reporting that the media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that Andrew Crook was detained as part of an investigation into the alleged kidnapping ...

Dec 19, 2014

Executions in U.S. dip to 20-year low

Executions in the United States this year fell to their lowest point in two decades, the Death Penalty Information Center said Thursday. Looking back on 2014, the watchdog group reported 35 executions in seven states, “the fewest number put to death since 1994.” The ...

Dec 18, 2014

How Sydney hostage planned daring escape

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours on Monday, and 82-year-old John O’Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he ...

Dec 18, 2014

'Multiple human errors' led to deadly Taiwan gas blasts: prosecutors

Prosecutors said deadly gas explosions in Taiwan were caused by “multiple human errors” Thursday as they charged 12 people over the blasts, including the head of a chemical company and government officials. The disaster killed 32 people and wounded more than 300 in southern ...

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Dec 17, 2014

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terrorist watch list despite having ...