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Serbia jails 11 rights activists during China summit

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:40AM UTC Pic: AP.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An international rights group has demanded the immediate release of 11 activists who planned protests against China at an economic summit in Serbia. Amnesty International says nine Bulgarians, a Slovak and a Finn — all supporters of the Falun Gong group that has been banned in

Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:36AM UTC Pakistan flag. Pic: AP.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial. Rizwan Abbasi says judge Kausar Abbas in Thursday’s hearing held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found that there was not enough evidence to keep Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi

NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:27AM UTC NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Burma men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.

China arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:17AM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that Feng Zhiming was charged with using torture to coerce a confession, dereliction of duty

SKorean group cancels plans for border tree

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:12AM UTC SKorean group cancels plans for border tree

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group has canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang. A spokesman from the Seoul-based Christian Council of Korea said Thursday that the group faced strong resistance

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