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Mar 25, 2015

China gives U.S. list of ex-officials suspected of graft

The Chinese government has provided a “priority” list to the United States of Chinese officials suspected of corruption and who are believed to have fled there, a top state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. Last year, Chinese officials said more than 150 “economic fugitives,” many ...

Mar 25, 2015

230 suspected jihadis prevented from leaving Australia

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month, officials said on Wednesday. Officials had previously announced that two Sydney-born brothers, aged 16 and 17, had been intercepted at Sydney ...

Mar 25, 2015

Vietnam wants full lifting of U.S. arms embargo

Vietnam wants the U.S. to lift fully an embargo on arms sales that was eased last year, but Washington is calling for more progress by the communist-governed nation on improving human rights, their respective ambassadors said Tuesday. This year marks the 20th anniversary of ...

Mar 24, 2015

China executes three over Kunming knife attack that killed 31

Authorities in southwestern China on Tuesday executed three men convicted of masterminding a knife attack a year ago that killed 31 people outside a railway station in the city of Kunming. Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death after China’s ...

Mar 24, 2015

Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers

Indonesia will withdraw a plan that would force foreign workers to take local language proficiency exams after protests from investors, two government officials said. Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri earlier this month told reporters the government would require existing and prospective foreigners to pass ...

Trial begins in Philippines of U.S. Marine charged with murder

Mar 24, 2015

Trial begins in Philippines of U.S. Marine charged with murder

A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after allegedly discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel went on trial in a Philippine court Monday. U.S. security escorts brought Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, wearing handcuffs, into a heavily secured courtroom ...

Pakistan: Short-range nukes needed to deter India

Mar 24, 2015

Pakistan: Short-range nukes needed to deter India

Pakistan needs short-range “tactical” nuclear weapons to deter arch-rival India, a top adviser to its government said Monday, dismissing concerns it could increase the risk of a nuclear war. Khalid Kidwai also rejected concerns over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, insisting that adequate ...

Mar 23, 2015

Indonesia detains alleged Islamic State recruiters

Indonesian anti-terror police have arrested five men who allegedly arranged for a group of mostly women and children to try and enter Syria to join the Islamic State group, an official said. The 11 children, four women and one man, detained in the Turkish ...