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Malaysian prosecutor axed in Anwar’s sodomy trial

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 12:15PM UTC

A Malaysian prosecutor who is speculated to have had an affair with the man who accused opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy has been removed from Anwar’s trial in a twist that lawyers warned Wednesday could undermine the prosecution’s integrity. Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail was reported as saying late Tuesday

Japan hangs 2 on death row; 1st executions in year

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 11:44AM UTC

Japan hanged two convicted killers Wednesday, including a man who burned six women to death, in the country’s first executions in a year, the government said. The justice ministry said Kazuo Shinozawa, 59, was hanged at the Tokyo Detention Center. Shinozawa set fire on a jewelry shop in 2000, burning

South Koreans vote in parliamentary by-elections

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 10:11AM UTC

South Koreans are voting in eight parliamentary by-elections seen as a test of public support for President Lee Myung-bak in the middle of his five-year term. Wednesday’s elections will not affect the general makeup of the 291-member unicameral National Assembly, where Lee’s ruling Grand National Party has a majority with

Voting kicks off in Korean by-elections

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 10:03AM UTC

Voting has started in yet another round of by-elections in Korea. Today’s vote will undoubtedly mark a major defeat for President Lee Myung-bak’s majority Grand National Party, if for no other reason than had previously held only one of the eight seats up for grabs today, compared to five previously held by

Clinton comments, Korea drills roil US-China ties

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 9:23AM UTC

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s thinly veiled criticism of Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea has angered Beijing’s leadership and quietly pleased Asian countries concerned about China’s expanding military power. Clinton spoke less than 48 hours before American and South Korean warships started high-profile military exercises in

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