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More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported

A U.S. geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon ...

China charges former security chief with bribery, abuse of power

Apr 3, 2015

China charges former security chief with bribery, abuse of power

China’s once-feared former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial. Zhou is the most prominent victim ...

Apr 1, 2015

Indian police arrest four over nun rape

Indian police said Wednesday they have arrested four Bangladeshi nationals in connection with the rape of an elderly nun that sent shock waves through the Christian community. The nun, who is in her 70s, needed surgery after she was attacked last month when a ...

Apr 1, 2015

South Korean man charged over knife attack on U.S. envoy

South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. Kim Ki-jong, 55, was also indicted Wednesday on charges of assaulting a foreign envoy and obstruction, according to an official at the ...

Apr 1, 2015

China investigates diplomat suspected of taking bribes

Chinese authorities are investigating a diplomat working at the Chinese embassy in Paris for suspected bribe-taking, state news agency Xinhua has said. Xinhua identified the diplomat in a report late on Tuesday as Wu Xilin, the minister counselor for commercial affairs at the Paris ...

Mar 31, 2015

South Korea creates cybersecurity post to counter threat from Pyongyang

Concerned by the growing threat of cyberattacks from North Korea, South Korea’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security. The post will provide a “control tower” for efforts to counter North Korean hackers, presidential spokesman Min Kyung-Wook told ...

China's jailing of Uighur who grew beard 'absurd'

Mar 31, 2015

China's jailing of Uighur who grew beard 'absurd'

A six-year prison sentence reportedly given to a man in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region for growing a beard is “absurd,” an overseas group said Monday as online accounts of the penalty disappeared. Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, said ...

Mar 31, 2015

Second blogger hacked to death in month in Bangladeshi capital

A blogger was hacked to death by three men in the Bangladeshi capital on Monday, and two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said. The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious ...

Mar 31, 2015

Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with offenses including hurting religious feelings. The charges could carry a jail sentence. Student Amos Yee smiled and fidgeted as ...