Sep 29, 2016

U.S. cutting off North Korea's sources of foreign currency

The United States is focusing on cutting off North Korea’s foreign currency sources to increase pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. “We’re focusing our efforts on cutting off sources of revenue for the regime’s unlawful ...

Sep 28, 2016

Tough anti-corruption law takes effect in South Korea

A tough new anti-graft law came into force in South Korea Wednesday with many hailing it as a milestone to help root out widespread low-level corruption. Dubbed the Kim Young-Ran law after the former supreme court judge who drafted it, the sweeping legislation covers ...

Sep 14, 2016

U.S. concerned over Chinese influence-buying in Australia

The U.S. envoy to Canberra has raised concerns about China buying political influence in Australia, following revelations over Beijing’s financial support for influential figures. Political donations from foreign sources have become a highly sensitive issue in Australia, which last week saw the resignation of ...

Malaysia abuzz as old foes Mahathir, Anwar join hands

Sep 6, 2016

Malaysia abuzz as old foes Mahathir, Anwar join hands

Bitter foes Mahathir Mohamad and his estranged protege Anwar Ibrahim met for the first time in 18 years Monday, underscoring shifting political alliances caused by a corruption scandal plaguing Malaysia’s current leader. Mahathir inflamed social media with a show of support at a court ...

Iraq defense minister fired as Mosul battle looms

Aug 26, 2016

Iraq defense minister fired as Mosul battle looms

Iraq’s parliament impeached Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Mosul. Two lawmakers said parliament voted 142-102 to withdraw confidence from al-Obeidi after ...