Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 23, 2015

Two Thai students to be sentenced for 'insulting' royals

Two young Thais accused of insulting the monarchy in a university play braced for sentencing Monday as the ruling junta intensifies its crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law. Student Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and activist Porntip Mankong, 26, pleaded ...

Feb 20, 2015

Indonesia says executions of Australians delayed

The execution of two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia has been delayed by up to one month, the vice president’s office told AFP on Friday. Husain Abdullah, the spokesman for Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said the execution of Andrew Chan and ...

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Feb 17, 2015

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, including two Australians, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families’ requests to spend more time with the prisoners, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.S., China to discuss repatriation of Chinese fugitives

Senior U.S. officials will meet in August with their Chinese counterparts to discuss the possibility of repatriating Chinese officials who have fled to America with billions of dollars of allegedly stolen government assets, according to a State Department official. The issue is a thorny ...

Feb 13, 2015

Taiwan inmates commit suicide after failed prison breakout

Six inmates led by a mob boss committed suicide at a prison in Taiwan early Thursday after a failed breakout attempt in which they seized weapons and held a warden and guards hostage, officials said. All the hostages were safe. The inmates started their ...

Court sentences Korean Air 'nut rage' executive to a year in prison

Feb 12, 2015

Court sentences Korean Air 'nut rage' executive to a year in prison

A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced a former Korean Air executive to a year in prison for aviation law violations that stemmed from her in-flight tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, achieved worldwide notoriety ...

Six inmates seize arms, hold prison staff hostage in Taiwan

Feb 12, 2015

Six inmates seize arms, hold prison staff hostage in Taiwan

A hostage situation was ongoing at a prison in southern Taiwan Wednesday night, hours after six prisoners took several staff captive and demanded they be released from jail, officials said. The inmates broke into a weapons storage room in the Kaohsiung city jail at ...

Feb 11, 2015

Taiwan indicts Sunflower Movement members over anti-China protests

Prosecutors in Taipei have indicted 119 people over the occupation of the legislature and Cabinet offices in a protest against a proposed agreement to loosen trade restrictions with rival China. Those indicted included leaders of the three weeklong protests that broke out last March ...

Feb 11, 2015

Malaysia stifles dissent over Anwar's jailing

Malaysian police have detained a cartoonist and are investigating two lawmakers for sedition over tweets and a cartoon condemning the judiciary for dismissing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal against a sodomy conviction. Anwar began a 5-year jail sentence Tuesday after the country’s top ...

Lawyers seek to save two Australians on death row in Indonesia

Feb 10, 2015

Lawyers seek to save two Australians on death row in Indonesia

Lawyers for two Australians facing execution in Indonesia on drug smuggling charges said Monday they plan to challenge the president’s rejection of their clemency appeals as a last resort. Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are among nine Australians who were arrested in ...

China executes businessman linked to former security tsar

Feb 9, 2015

China executes businessman linked to former security tsar

Chinese authorities on Monday executed a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, himself the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, state media reported. The High People’s Court in the central province of Hubei ordered the ...