DPJ proposes revising law on political donations

Mar 4, 2015

DPJ proposes revising law on political donations

The Democratic Party of Japan on Wednesday proposed revisions to the political funds control law to crack down on political donations from companies receiving state subsidies. It presented the proposal at a meeting of the Diet affairs heads of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ...

Mar 4, 2015

Vegas hospital sends stillborn babies to laundry by mistake

Authorities say a Las Vegas hospital mistakenly sent two stillborn babies wrapped in linens to a laundry facility, leading to a grisly surprise for the cleaners. The remains were in a load of laundry that Spring Valley Hospital sent Tuesday to the medical laundry ...

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Feb 23, 2015

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris was Monday stripped of his Australian honors as he continues to serve a jail sentence for sexually assaulting four girls in Britain. The Australian television star, artist and songwriter was convicted last year of indecently assaulting the girls, who included ...

Feb 21, 2015

British press roiled by allegation of self-censorship to keep ads

One of Britain’s most storied newspapers has been accused of censoring itself for commercial gain, raising awkward questions about a centuries-old press culture that has prided itself on its no-holds-barred approach to telling the truth. The 160-year-old Daily Telegraph strongly denied accusations made in ...

Feb 16, 2015

Britain's HSBC apologizes over past standards at Swiss bank

HSBC apologized to customers and investors on Sunday for past practices at its Swiss private bank after allegations that it helped hundreds of wealthy clients dodge taxes. Europe’s largest bank said in full-page advertisements in British newspapers that recent media coverage that focused on ...

Feb 15, 2015

Chinese patients turn to black market for blood

China’s rising demand for health care is exposing a chronic shortage of an essential commodity: blood. With hospital blood supplies tight, desperate patients are turning to agents known as “blood heads,” who sell certificates that give patients access to state blood banks, creating a ...

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 ...

Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn testifies in French sex trial

Feb 10, 2015

Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn testifies in French sex trial

Feminist activists threw themselves on Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s car in protest Tuesday as the ex-IMF chief, once tipped to become French president, arrived at court to testify over his alleged role in sex parties with prostitutes. Several topless protesters from the FEMEN group wore slogans ...