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Taiwan jails 14 over railway sex scandal

TAIPEI - Taiwan has jailed 14 people for up to 17 years in a corruption scandal which saw railway officials accepting sex services and visits to hostess clubs in exchange for business contracts. In the biggest ever graft case to hit the state rail sector,...

Creepy clown sightings in US county cause a frenzy

NEW YORK - At the edge of dark, dark woods in South Carolina, children have been telling adults that a group of clowns have been trying to lure them into the cluster of trees. They say the clowns live deep in the woods, near a house by a pond. This tale...

Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent U.S. strike in Syria

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON - Islamic State said on Tuesday one of its most prominent and longest-serving leaders was killed in what appeared to be an American air strike in Syria, depriving the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas. ...

North Korea executes vice premier in latest purge: South

SEOUL - North Korea has executed its vice premier for education and rebuked two high-ranking officials, South Korea said on Wednesday, which, if true, would mark a new series of measures by leader Kim Jong Un to discipline top aides. Kim took...

Graft-busting grandma jailing corrupt Philippine politicians

MANILA - The Philippines' top graft-buster, a fearless grandmother who has sued politicians from the president down in her quest to rid her country of corruption, laughs in the face of death threats - literally. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, 75, chuckled...

Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild

KETAPANG (Indonesia) - Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his "jungle school" on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest...


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