Asia Pacific Topics

Jun 9, 2016

Indonesian police foil IS-inspired suicide bombings

Indonesian police said Thursday they have arrested three Muslim extremists who were planning to launch Islamic State-inspired suicide bombings in the country’s second-biggest city. The police’s elite anti-terror squad detained the men in Surabaya, on the country’s main island of Java, on Wednesday and ...

Jun 7, 2016

Over 70 indicted in China over murder-for-compensation scams

Prosecutors in northern China have indicted 74 people for murder and other charges related to scams in which the deaths were staged to look like mining accidents in order to win compensation from mine owners. The Inner Mongolia regional prosecutor’s office said on its ...

Jun 7, 2016

Myanmar court sentences BBC reporter to prison, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday. The ruling marks the first time a journalist has been convicted under Myanmar’s ...

Pressure grows on India to do more against marital rape

Jun 1, 2016

Pressure grows on India to do more against marital rape

Almost immediately after Deepti’s wedding at a traditional ceremony in the Indian capital, the horrific abuse began — behind closed doors at the hands of her husband. “He was brutal. He forcefully had sex with me even when I was admitted sick to hospital,” ...

May 28, 2016

Crime reporter shot dead in Philippine capital: police

A crime journalist has been shot dead in Manila, police and colleagues said Saturday, the latest addition to a lengthening list of unsolved murders of media workers in the Philippines. Alex Balcoba, 56, was attacked in central Manila late Friday outside a watch repair ...