Crime

Philippine anti-graft chief defies Duterte order in standoff

Jan 31, 2018

The head of a key Philippine anti-graft agency has defied an order by President Rodrigo Duterte's office to suspend her deputy for allegedly disclosing confidential information to the media about an investigation into his alleged undeclared wealth

Hong Kong approves ban on local ivory trading by 2021

Jan 31, 2018

Hong Kong lawmakers give final approval to government proposal to ban local ivory trading in Chinese territory by 2021

Vietnam jails 3 activists for comments critical of state

Jan 31, 2018

A court in Hanoi has handed down jail term up to 8 years to three activists after finding them guilty of posting video clips on social media critical of the communist government

Vietnam names US-based exile group a terrorist organization

Jan 31, 2018

Vietnam has declared a California-based exile group, the Provisional Central Government of Vietnam, a terrorist organization after 15 local members were convicted in a failed bombing of an airport

Thai junta files charges against democracy activists

Jan 30, 2018

Thailand's ruling military junta has filed charges against seven democracy activists for calling for elections and an end to military rule

Correction: China-Missing Bookseller story

Jan 30, 2018

Correction: China-Missing Bookseller story

Thai student activist flees to avoid lese majeste charge

Jan 29, 2018

A student activist says in a Facebook post she fled Thailand after learning she had been charged with insulting the monarchy because she shared a BBC article about the country's new king

Malaysia, Japan coast guards hail anti-piracy exercise

Jan 29, 2018

Malaysia's maritime agency and Japan's coast guard hailed a weeklong joint exercise focusing on combating piracy at sea as well as search and rescue operations

Philippine police admit abuses but resume anti-drug 'visits'

Jan 29, 2018

The Philippine police chief says his force will resume visits to the homes of drug suspects to encourage them to reform, despite his acknowledgement that corrupt police have abused the program

Police witness: Kim Jong Nam met American before his murder

Jan 29, 2018

A police witness says the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader met with an unidentified Korean American man on a Malaysian resort island four days before he was murdered, as the trial of two women accused of killing him resumed