• Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case

    A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.

  • Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka

    A prominent U.S. blogger, known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh's capital, police said Friday.

  • Boat capsizes off Macau, 15 people missing

    Chinese state media say a suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people has capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau, and 15 people are still missing.

  • Venezuela newspaper that opposed Chavez ends daily edition

    The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a shortage of newsprint and what it says is a pattern of government harassment.

  • Parents of slain journalist James Foley: US should do more

    The parents of the first American killed by Islamic State militants say the U.S. government failed them during their son's long capture.

  • 'Sick employees triple cost for bosses'

    Employers need to fork out three times their usual cost whenever an employee falls sick, said Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan.

  • South Korean court scraps adultery ban

    South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down South Korea’s controversial adultery law, ending a decades-long debate.

  • Imprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions

    Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison, reportedly including top cartel leaders, complaining of poor food and bad conditions.

  • Malaysia deports 11 Indonesian seaweed farmers held for trespassing

    Malaysia has released 11 Indonesian seaweed farmers who were recently arrested by Malaysian maritime police for allegedly crossing the country's border.

  • Gunman kills 3, found dead in South Korean city: police

    A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in two days, police officials said.

  • Bookstore manager cleared over sale of 'un-Islamic' book in Malaysia

  • 6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

    Six women are accusing the founder of a popular hot yoga method of sexual assault.

  • 2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok in Arizona

    Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

  • Thailand's human rights record 'worrying'

    Human rights violations in Thailand have worsened after the coup last May and the situation remains worrying, Amnesty International says.

  • Sixth Malaysian militant killed in Syria

    The escalating fight in Syria has taken the life of another Malaysian militant, named Abdul Samad Shukry Mohamad.

  • Canadian citizenship oath to Queen to remain law

    Immigrants to Canada will have to keep taking an oath to the Queen Elizabeth II after the Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear a challenge to the citizenship requirement.

  • Spain: Eurofighter Typhoon the best choice for RI

    Spain stressed on Wednesday that the Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighter is the best choice for Indonesia to modernize its air force when it comes to technical capabilities and the transfer-of-technologies offer.

  • China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants

    China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.

  • Terror suspect says Internet chats about women, not plot

    A Pakistani man on trial in the U.S. for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiques were coded to disguise an al-Qaida plot.

  • Heat blamed for spray vaccine's failure against swine flu

    The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu — fragile doses got too warm.

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