Southwest Journalist

Alleged corruption tarnishes New Zealand’s clean record

Ethan Metcalf

May 28, 2014

NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — If any country has a squeaky-clean image, it is New Zealand — a place where police officers won’t even accept freebies from burger joints. It has been ranked the world...

Thailand tourism industry adapts to coup, curfew

Alicia Balog

May 27, 2014

JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press BANGKOK — When Thailand’s military staged a coup last week, Phil Koenighaus was on a beach enjoying the debauchery of the country’s infamous “Half Moon” Festival. Not a soldier was in sight on the white sands of K...

Officials: Fire kills 21 in South Korean hospital

Chloe McCall Gonzales

May 27, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials say 20 patients and a nurse have died in a fire at a hospital in the southwestern city of Jangseong. An officer with the Jangseong Fire Department said most of the victims were elderly...

China accused of using court charges to obscure political crackdowns

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

DIDI TANG Associated Press BEIJING — In prosecuting the country’s political and social activists, an image-conscious Beijing is shifting its tactics. Beijing is increasingly using public disorder charges to lock up those it considers nu...

Ukraine, Russia operations intensify; dozens dead

Lyndsey Ruble Nuckols

May 27, 2014

PETER LEONARD Associated Press DONETSK, Ukraine — Dozens of dead insurgents lay piled in a van outside a morgue Tuesday, and a rebel said more were on the way. Bomb disposal experts disarmed a mortar round lodged in a corpse. A wrecked and blood-soake...

Pakistani woman slain in ‘honor killing’

Lyndsey Ruble Nuckols

May 27, 2014

K.M. CHAUDHRY Associated Press LAHORE, Pakistan — A pregnant woman was stoned to death Tuesday by her own family outside a courthouse in the Pakistani city of Lahore for marrying the man she loved. The woman was killed while on her way to court...

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