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Jul 21, 2015

Knife man wounds four during attack at Taipei subway station

An unemployed man wielding a kitchen knife wounded four people in an attack on the subway in Taipei late Monday, just over a year after another stabbing spree left four dead and more than 20 injured, police said Tuesday. The attack on an escalator ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pacific man's bid to be first climate refugee rejected

A Pacific Islander who launched a landmark bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee faces deportation from New Zealand after a court rejected his appeal Monday. Ioane Teitiota, 38, argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati because rising seas ...

Jul 19, 2015

Five detained over China Uniqlo sex tape: report

Chinese police have detained five people including a young couple over a sex tape shot in a Beijing clothing store that went viral in China, media reports said Sunday. Those detained include the couple suspected of shooting the video — showing a mostly clothed ...

Jul 18, 2015

2009 Philippine massacre suspect Ampatuan dies

The patriarch of a warlord clan who is on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre has died, his lawyer said Saturday, days after he slipped into a coma. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and seven other members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are among 100 ...

Jul 15, 2015

South Korea to return one of two stolen statues to Japan

South Korea has decided to return one of two ancient Buddha statutes that were stolen by Korean thieves in Japan three years ago, the prosecutor general’s office said Wednesday. Although Japan demanded the return of both Korean-made statues, the prosecutor said the second likeness ...

Jul 15, 2015

China arrests Britons, South Africans for 'terror' videos

Twenty foreign tourists including Britons, South Africans and an Indian national have been arrested in northern China, according to reports by Britain’s Foreign Office and a South African charity, on suspicion some had ties to a “terror group.” China has agreed to release 11 ...

Jul 15, 2015

Foreigners could be subject to death penalty under new Thai anti-graft law

Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners. Previous legislation provided various punishments, including a possible death penalty, for Thai officials convicted of bribery, though apparently no one was ever executed for the crime. The ...

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

Jul 14, 2015

Detained Chinese lawyer 'blabbered' about rule of law, human rights

China’s state media last month accused Wang Yu, the country’s most prominent female human rights lawyer, of “blabbering about the rule of law and human rights.” Two weeks later, she met a Reuters reporter, saying she thought her arrest was inevitable. Wang has defended ...

Jul 14, 2015

Chinese police say they fatally shot 3 Uighur 'terrorists'

Police in northeastern China said they fatally shot three minority Muslim Uighurs Monday, calling them terrorists who were using knives to resist arrest. Police also injured a fourth suspect during the incident Monday in Shenyang, police said in a statement on their microblog. A ...