Asia News

Pakistanis mourn a once tolerant, relaxed nation

By Fri, Jan 07, 2011 4:30PM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A 60-year-old university administrator in the southern port city of Karachi is wistful as he recalls the more tolerant, freewheeling Pakistan of his youth. Once, when a teacher suggested no book can be perfect, the boy asked if that included Islam’s holy book, the Quran. That sparked

Probe into Malaysia anti-graft agency after death

By Fri, Jan 07, 2011 3:11PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s leader pledged Friday to form a rare high-level panel to investigate the official anti-graft watchdog’s interrogation of an opposition party aide who later died mysteriously. Teoh Beng Hock was found dead on a building roof next to the office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission

Poem insulting Kim family posted on NKorean govt website

By Fri, Jan 07, 2011 3:10PM UTC

It was revealed that a poem cursing Kim’s regime was posted on the North Korean regime’s official site and was read by several hundred people. Free North Korea Radio, a Seoul-based radio station runs mostly by North Korean defectors, reported that a a 12-line poem which looked like lavish praise

Malaysian coroner’s explosive ruling

By Fri, Jan 07, 2011 2:59PM UTC

The 2009 death of an opposition aide in custody was neither suicide nor homicide, the coroner rules An explosive and confusing verdict by Malaysia’s Coroner’s Court has kicked off a furor in Kuala Lumpur. Azmil Muntapha Abas Wednesday ruled out both homicide and suicide in the death of an opposition

Philippine police arrest suspect in murder victim’s photo

By Fri, Jan 07, 2011 1:28PM UTC

ILAGAN, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police say they have arrested a man who appeared in a photograph aiming his gun at a local councilman who was fatally shot moments later. The picture, taken by the victim, earlier led to the arrests of a second suspected gunman and an alleged accomplice.