Ailing Algerian leader re-elected

Apr 19, 2014

Ailing Algerian leader re-elected

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote that opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power. Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair ...

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Apr 13, 2014

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Two officials with ties to China’s powerful former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, have been placed under investigation, Chinese media and officials said, amid ramped-up speculation that Zhou himself is being targeted. Zhao Miao, a standing committee member of the Communist Party committee in ...

Apr 12, 2014

Top China activist defiant in court

A top Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced Beijing’s high court as “absurd” Friday as it upheld his prison sentence for supporting anti-graft protests, his lawyer said. Xu Zhiyong, 40, was sentenced to four years in prison in January for backing demonstrations in which a ...

Mar 31, 2014

Tycoon stands trial in Chinese gangland case

A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in China’s Sichuan province that gunned down rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police. The trial centers around Liu Han, former multimillionaire chairman of ...

Pakistan court indicts former President Musharraf for treason

Mar 31, 2014

Pakistan court indicts former President Musharraf for treason

A Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason on charges relating to his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, in a historic first for a country controlled for half of its history by the army. Tahira Safdar, one of three judges ...

Former Israeli premier Olmert convicted of bribery: report

Mar 31, 2014

Former Israeli premier Olmert convicted of bribery: report

Tel Aviv district court on Monday convicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a trial for corruption linked to a major property development in Jerusalem, Israeli media reports said. The ruling marks the first time a former Israeli premier has been convicted of bribery ...

FBI sting reveals Chinatown's underworld

Mar 29, 2014

FBI sting reveals Chinatown's underworld

Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation’s oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood’s history of gambling houses, opium dens and gangland-style murders. The ...