Apr 25, 2015

Australia fears worst for drug traffickers in Indonesia

Australia has made a last-ditch appeal for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of two drug traffickers facing execution, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop admitted she was fearing the worst. Indonesia has advised consular officials to head Saturday to Nusakambangan, the high-security ...

Apr 22, 2015

Man who defaced Mao picture jailed for 14 months

A man who threw a jar of ink at the imposing portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been jailed for 14 months, media said Wednesday. Sun Bing in March last year “defaced” the iconic picture which hangs prominently ...

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the death of the woman’s mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and ...

Apr 21, 2015

Ousted Egypt president Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country’s first freely elected leader. The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict ...

Apr 7, 2015

Freed American thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison has defiantly thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, adding that regular visits by U.S. diplomats brought shining moments of light in his ordeal. Feng Xue, who was ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported

A U.S. geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon ...

Apr 4, 2015

Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex-change operation

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered California to pay for a biologically male prisoner’s sex-change operation, which could cost as much as $100,000. U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar ruled Thursday that Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who was born Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy, should undergo ...