Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 19, 2015

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on Indonesia death row

Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders. “The prime minister (Tony Abbott) has written again to President (Joko) Widodo,” Bishop said. “The Australian government ...

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

Jan 16, 2015

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

The arrest of a prominent Macau executive in the largest prostitution bust in the city’s history shows Chinese President Xi Jinping is broadening his crackdown on corruption to restrict even long-tolerated vices. Police in the former Portuguese colony arrested Alan Ho, handcuffing him and ...

South Korean activist arrested after making pro-North remarks

Jan 14, 2015

South Korean activist arrested after making pro-North remarks

Days after deporting a Korean-American woman for praising North Korea, South Korean authorities on Wednesday arrested a fellow activist and former leftist politician on similar charges. Both women fell foul of South Korea’s strict National Security Law (NSL), enacted in 1948 to protect the ...

Chinese ex-security chief Zhou faces graft trial

Jan 7, 2015

Chinese ex-security chief Zhou faces graft trial

Chinese authorities have transferred former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang’s corruption case to “judicial organs,” paving the way for his trial, the party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday. The deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Huang Shuxian, made the remarks in ...

Jan 6, 2015

China arrests scholar who helped blind dissident flee house arrest

Chinese authorities have arrested a scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escape house arrest in 2012, the scholar’s wife said Tuesday, in a case that activists say signals a tighter grip on civil liberties. Guo Yushan, founder of a think tank that did ...

Jan 6, 2015

Son of Jackie Chan to stand trial in China on drugs charge

Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, will stand trial Friday on a drugs charge, media reported Tuesday, the latest in a series of minor celebrities accused of narcotics offenses. The microblog post from the semiofficial newspaper, Legal Evening News, ...

Doorless Indian village sure thieves won't come knocking

Jan 6, 2015

Doorless Indian village sure thieves won't come knocking

Members of the Gade family proudly show off a stash of rupees kept in an unlocked tin barrel in their bedroom, despite their home not having a front door. In Shani Shingnapur village in western India, residents see little need for such security, thanks ...