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China officials stashing families, cash overseas

Jun 10, 2014

China officials stashing families, cash overseas

by gillian Wong

China’s anti-corruption campaign is now targeting officials who have sent their spouses and children abroad, where they can create channels to potentially funnel illicit gains and establish footholds for eventual escape from the mainland. Nearly 900, mostly midlevel, government officials in the southern province ...

South Korean ruling party avoids ferry backlash

Jun 5, 2014

South Korean ruling party avoids ferry backlash

South Korea’s ruling party breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after a stronger-than-expected showing in local elections seen as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye’s handling of April’s ferry disaster, which killed about 300 people. Despite fears of a voter backlash, Park’s Saenuri Party ...

'Hunger Games' salute banned by Thai military

Jun 4, 2014

'Hunger Games' salute banned by Thai military

The three-finger salute of resistance from Hollywood movie “The Hunger Games” is being used as a real symbol of defiance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion — and they are being threatened with ...