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Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Dec 16, 2014

Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe Tuesday were hailed as heroes “willing to lay down their lives so others might live” in a church service mourning their deaths. Tori Johnson, 34, the manager of the Lindt chocolate cafe, and ...

Dec 16, 2014

China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy. “There is no happier way for a person to live on this earth,” he declared, ...

Dec 16, 2014

Beijing admits forced confessions are 'not rare'

Forced confessions through torture are not rare in China, state-run media said Tuesday, in a rare admission of deep-seated flaws in the justice system. The comments came after a teenager executed for murder 18 years ago was exonerated on Monday. The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu ...

Iranian takes hostages in Sydney cafe; five escape

Dec 16, 2014

Iranian takes hostages in Sydney cafe; five escape

An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday. On Monday, the ...

Dec 16, 2014

Strip bars and drugs uncovered in Philippine jail raid

A raid on the Philippines’ biggest jail on Monday uncovered drug lords “living like kings” in secret luxury cells with strip bars, sex dolls, a jacuzzi and methamphetamines, the justice secretary said. Police commandos in full battle armor and tracker dogs swooped down on ...

Marine charged with murder in Filipino transgender slaying

Dec 16, 2014

Marine charged with murder in Filipino transgender slaying

Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender. Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos said there was “probable cause” that Marine Pfc. ...