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Malaysia appoints 1st female Islamic court judges

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 4:55PM UTC

Malaysia’s Islamic Shariah courts have appointed their first female judges — a move praised by women’s rights activists Thursday as a boost for a judicial system often accused of favoring men. Suraya Ramli and Rafidah Abdul Razak, formerly officials at the government’s Islamic judicial department, were named Shariah court judges

SKorea probes alleged stone attack on diplomat

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 4:46PM UTC

Police are investigating a South Korean activist who allegedly hurled a stone at the Japanese ambassador to protest Tokyo’s repeated claim over disputed islets. Activist Kim Ki-jong allegedly threw a stone at Japanese Ambassador Toshinori Shigeie during a speech in Seoul on Wednesday. Police said Thursday that Shigeie was unharmed

Taiwan lawmakers scuffle over China trade bill

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 4:39PM UTC

Lawmakers were seen shoving and punching each other in Taiwan’s legislature after the speaker rejected an opposition bid to conduct a detailed debate on a contentious trade pact with China. The Associated Press saw scuffles erupt Thursday after Wang Jin-pyng of the ruling Nationalists turned down a bid by the

Kashmir streets under army lockdown to end protest

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 4:25PM UTC

Indian-controlled Kashmir was under lockdown Thursday as tens of thousands of soldiers patrolled the streets to enforce a rigid curfew aimed at ending weeks of violence of anti-government protests. Shops and schools were closed, streets were deserted, the region’s nearly 60 newspapers were unable to publish and even residents with

Medical service chairman accused of intent to supply methamphetamines to indigenous youths

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 4:08PM UTC

Nothing unusual in a West Australian man being charged with possession of ice (amphetamine) with intent to supply except that the accused is Phillip Ugle, until recently the chairman of the board of the South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS). Mr Ugle, 46, from Collie, 200km south of Perth, resigned

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