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April 28, 2015 No Comments

Indonesia deaf to pleas to spare death row drugs convicts

The family of Myuran Sukumaran, a 34-year-old Australian convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia, are hoping for a miracle – but it seems clear that their desperate prayers will go unanswered.

Their distress and anxiety was plainly visible this morning as they arrived at the prison on the remote island of Nusakambangan. This spot has another name – Execution Island – and it is here that Mr Sukumaran and eight others are scheduled to die.

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April 6, 2015 No Comments

A ‘revolutionary wedding’ amidst Burma’s student crackdown

Ko Htet and his wife Su Yee Win are lovers in a dangerous time, which happens to be an entirely unexpected feature of their new life as a married couple.

March 18, 2015 3 Comments

Politics of fear prolong the reign of King Bibi in Israel

After a surprisingly clear victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud party supporters are celebrating the continued rule of “King Bibi”.

March 5, 2015 No Comments

Emwazi family ‘proves innocence’ over Jihadi John claims

The Emwazi family lawyer tells Channel 4 News that his client has absolutely nothing to hide after being accused of “collaborating” with his son Mohammed.

March 4, 2015 No Comments

Emwazi family ‘need conclusive proof’ that their son is Jihadi John

John Sparks comes face-to-face with the man whose son is thought to be Jihadi John, the gruesome executioner for Islamic State.

February 23, 2015 No Comments

Jailed for satire: Thailand’s lese majeste convictions

They are young and well-educated, a pair of committed pro-democracy activists, but their participation in a student play means they will spend the next two and a half years in a Thai prison.

February 19, 2015 No Comments

Thailand: where cut-price plastic surgery is booming… and can be fatal

Plastic surgery in Thailand is a booming business – but procedures there carry risks, as was shown by the death of a young British woman in a Bangkok clinic last year.

February 18, 2015 1 Comment

Why is Burma declaring state of emergency in troubled Kokang region?

Burma’s president declares a state of emergency in the Kokang region and imposes a three-month period of martial law, hours after a Red Cross convoy comes under attack.

February 10, 2015 No Comments

Beaten and starved: the Indonesian maid leading fight against domestic abuse

A Hong Kong woman is convicted of beating and starving her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked international outrage.

January 28, 2015 4 Comments

Koh Tao: why have an ‘unusual number’ of foreigners died there?

Tourists take the boat to the island of Koh Tao to get away from it all but after a pair of brutal murders, two mysterious deaths, many people may feel inclined to keep well clear.