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Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Jul 1, 2015

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Heavily armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre remains in lockdown after the 15-hour disturbance, in which doors were ...

Jun 30, 2015

Riot erupts at Australia prison, guards evacuated

Hundreds of prisoners rioted at a maximum security prison in Melbourne on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of prison staff, media reports said. The unrest occurred when a protest over a smoking ban at the facility spun out of control. Television footage from the ...

Jun 24, 2015

China says 'Golden Triangle' source of most dangerous drugs

Southeast Asia’s lawless “Golden Triangle” region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine sold in China, the country’s Cabinet said in a report issued Wednesday. The report said 90 percent of the 9.3 tons of heroin and 11.4 tons of methamphetamine seized ...

Jun 21, 2015

Italian prosecutors seek to indict Bank of China, 297 people

Italian prosecutors are seeking to indict 297 people and the Bank of China in connection with a massive money-laundering investigation reported by The Associated Press earlier this month. The suspects, mostly Chinese migrants living in Italy, include four senior managers of the Chinese state ...

Jun 20, 2015

Cambodia seizes meth, heroin in biggest drug bust in years

Cambodian police say they have made one of their biggest drug seizures in several years, netting 55 kg of methamphetamine and heroin. Police said at a news conference Saturday that two Chinese men and a Cambodian woman were arrested in raids at four locations ...

Jun 13, 2015

China punishes local officials over deaths of four abandoned siblings

Several local Chinese officials were fired or suspended following the deaths of four siblings, ages 5 to 13, who were abandoned by their parents and neglected by government workers in one of China’s poorest regions, the district government said. Two village heads were fired ...

Jun 12, 2015

How the mighty are fallen: selfies and smiles in Zhou village

He wielded enormous power as China’s fearsome security chief, but at Zhou Yongkang’s ancestral village, his relatives’ tombs are now backdrops for selfies, and curious visitors crush the hedges around the family home. Zhou, who was jailed for life Thursday after a secret corruption ...

Jun 11, 2015

Ex-Chinese official, wanted for graft, applies for U.S. asylum

A former senior Chinese official who went into hiding after being sought by anti-corruption investigators has applied for asylum in the United States after been detained there, state media said on Thursday. Yang Xiuzhu, a former deputy mayor of Wenzhou in the booming eastern ...

Jun 9, 2015

Two police, three others dead in China shooting

Five people have been killed, including two police officers, in a shooting in rural northern China. The shooting early Tuesday in Suning county marked a rare incidence of gun crime in China, where private ownership of firearms is illegal. The official Xinhua News Agency ...

Jun 8, 2015

Man destroys house, cars in Australia bulldozer rampage

An Australian man was charged Monday with attempted murder after allegedly stealing a bulldozer, crushing four cars and then driving the machine through a house. Police were called to the home in Teralba, 143 km north of Sydney, early Monday after the 48-year-old flattened ...

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from troubled Rakhine state

Jun 8, 2015

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from troubled Rakhine state

Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offenses this year, media reported Monday, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves. Police gave a breakdown of their anti-trafficking activities with 56 cases ...