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Jailed American lived enigmatic life

by James Pearson and Ju-min Park

Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named “Preston Somerset,” acquaintances who met or worked with him say. The 25-year-old native of Bakersfield, California, did not seem to have close friends, a regular job or ...

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

Sep 23, 2014

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

An outspoken scholar who championed China’s Uighur minority was convicted of separatism Tuesday by a Chinese court and sentenced to life in prison, according to the scholar’s lawyers. The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court convicted Ilham Tohti after a heavily guarded two-day trial that ended ...

Sep 23, 2014

North Korea reportedly developing tactical nuclear missiles: paper

North Korea is developing new missiles capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads, a Seoul daily reported Tuesday, citing South Korean intelligence authorities. The JoongAng Ilbo said North Korea has performed a series of test-firings of new short-range missiles since Aug. 14. It was the ...

Sep 22, 2014

China admits cases of torture in police detention

Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China’s official state news agency reported in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice. One of the cases resulted in the death of a man who was ...

Sep 22, 2014

China says two killed, many injured in Xinjiang explosions

China says at least two people have been killed and many others injured in multiple explosions in the western region of Xinjiang. The Tianshan news portal, which is run by the regional branch of the Communist Party, says the explosions happened Sunday afternoon in ...