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China executes eight for 'terrorist' attacks in Xinjiang

Aug 24, 2014

China executes eight for 'terrorist' attacks in Xinjiang

China has executed eight people for “terrorist” attacks in its restive far western region of Xinjiang, including three who “masterminded” a dramatic car crash in the capital’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media said. Xinjiang is the traditional home of Muslim Uighurs who speak ...

Aug 24, 2014

Australian spider grows bigger in city: study

A new study has found that at least one species of spider thrives on city life, growing bigger in urban areas. The University of Sydney’s Elizabeth Lowe said that while research shows invertebrates are sensitive to urbanization, not all species are negatively affected by ...

Aug 23, 2014

Philippine police smash online child 'sextortion' ring

Philippine police have arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment. The gang extorted money from foreigners by threatening to upload videos of them performing sexual acts, Gilbert Sosa, head ...

Ex-prosecutor in South Korea admits to public lewdness

Aug 23, 2014

Ex-prosecutor in South Korea admits to public lewdness

The former chief prosecutor on a South Korean island admits to performing lewd acts on city streets and feels extremely shameful for his behavior, his lawyer said Friday. Kim Soo-chang resigned earlier this week as chief prosecutor on Jeju Island but had denied the ...

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

Aug 23, 2014

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions. Citing insufficient evidence, the high court ...

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Aug 22, 2014

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military’s grip on power. Thailand’s legislature voted ...