Apr 3, 2014

Heads roll at Novartis over scandal

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Thursday it is replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over allegations that the division hid the existence of serious potential side effects linked to leukemia treatments from regulators. David Epstein, head of the firm’s pharmaceutical division, told ...

Officer testifies U.S. general sexually assaulted her

Mar 8, 2014

Officer testifies U.S. general sexually assaulted her

A U.S. Army captain at the center of a sexual assault case that has scandalized the military testified Friday that a general twice forced her to perform oral sex on him during their three-year illicit affair. Taking the stand on the first day of ...

China probes former Zhou Yongkang secretary Ji Wenlin

Feb 19, 2014

China probes former Zhou Yongkang secretary Ji Wenlin

China’s ruling Communist Party said Tuesday that a former close aide of ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, currently serving as vice governor of the southern island province of Hainan, is under investigation for serious violations, an apparent reference to corruption. Ji Wenlin is one of ...

Indian editor says sex assault case is 'a vendetta'

Feb 19, 2014

Indian editor says sex assault case is 'a vendetta'

A prominent Indian magazine editor accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague in a hotel elevator said Tuesday he is innocent and will be vindicated by security cameras. Tarun Tejpal, editor of the weekly investigative magazine Tehelka, suggested the case had been orchestrated by ...

U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Feb 7, 2014

U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Two senior American diplomats, thinking their conversation about the Ukraine was secure and private, were caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged, and U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Russia of leaking the conversation. The suspicions were aired ...

Vatican under global scrutiny after U.N. sex abuse report

Feb 6, 2014

Vatican under global scrutiny after U.N. sex abuse report

The U.N.’s damning report on the Vatican’s handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the church to convince a skeptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. “The Vatican has taken some steps forward, but they have been ...

Feb 3, 2014

JR Hokkaido plans record safety investment in FY 2014

Scandal-hit Hokkaido Railway Co. plans to spend ¥25 billion to improve the safety of its railway services in fiscal 2014, which starts in April, up about 30 percent from fiscal 2013, sources said. The amount is the largest since JR Hokkaido was established in ...