China denies Tibetan groups' eviction claims
BEIJING • The Chinese authorities are renovating one of the world's largest centres of learning for Tibetan Buddhism to prevent overcrowding and fires, a state-run newspaper said yesterday, denying Tibetan rights groups' charges of demolition and evictions.
Groups including the British-based International Campaign for Tibet say demolition work began last week at Larung Gar in Garze, a heavily Tibetan part of the south-western province of Sichuan.
9 get life terms over 2013 Sabah incursion
KUALA LUMPUR • A Malaysian court yesterday sentenced nine Filipinos to life in prison over an armed incursion in 2013 that left scores dead and paralysed a remote corner of Sabah for weeks.
Eight others, including three Malaysians, received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 18 years.
Defamation charge for Thai rights defenders
BANGKOK • Three prominent Thai rights defenders were charged yesterday with criminal defamation over a report describing torture suffered by detainees in the restive south.
The military, which denied the report's allegations, has in the past admitted rights abuses but prosecutions of soldiers are extremely rare.