Japan law offers aid to Minamata disease victims _ if they drop suits against company, gov’t

Japan to give aid to patients who drop lawsuits

TOKYO — The Japanese government passed a law Wednesday promising unspecified aid to victims of a rare neurological disorder — but only if they withdraw lawsuits against the government and the company that they say made them sick by dumping mercury.

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Former CLSA banker convicted of insider trading in Hong Kong

Ex-CLSA banker convicted of insider trading in HK

HONG KONG — A former banker at one of Asia’s top stock brokerages and an ex-fund manager were convicted in a Hong Kong court of insider trading that reaped illegal profits of more than half a million dollars four years ago.

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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar’s sodomy trial delayed after top defense lawyer falls ill

Malaysia opposition leader’s sodomy trial delayed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s High Court on Wednesday postponed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial by at least one week after his main defense lawyer fell ill.

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In court records, psychologist disputes that woman accused of al-Qaida ties was held captive

Details emerge on woman accused of al-Qaida ties

NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained scientist accused of being an al-Qaida operative was living freely in Pakistan and Afghanistan for portions of the five years before her arrest last year, a psychologist says, disputing claims that the scientist had spent those years in the custody of foreign authorities.

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Ex-Tenn. prof gets 4 years for passing military data to student researchers from China, Iran

Ex-prof gets 4 years for passing military secrets

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge sentenced a retired University of Tennessee professor to four years in prison Wednesday for passing sensitive information from a U.S. Air Force contract to two research assistants from China and Iran.

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UN chief to return to Myanmar on same day opposition leader Suu Kyi’s trial resumes

UN chief to return to Myanmar day of Suu Kyi trial

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will return to Myanmar later this week on a diplomatic bid to win the release of Aung San Suu Kyi just as the imprisoned pro-democracy leader’s trial resumes, U.N. officials announced Monday.

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Myanmar court rejects appeal to reinstate 2 key witnesses for Aung San Suu Kyi in trial

Myanmar appeals court bars 2 witnesses for Suu Kyi

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s highest court rejected an appeal Monday by Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers to reinstate two key witnesses in a trial that could send the pro-democracy leader to prison for five years.

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First US economic espionage trial against Chinese-born engineer winds down in California

First US economic espionage trial winds down

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Chinese-born, former engineer for Boeing Co. knowingly possessed critical trade secrets on the U.S. space program and intended to pass them to China, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday in her closing argument at the first economic espionage case to reach a U.S. courtroom.

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Police in tracksuits, smiling Tibetans: Foreign reporters get tightly controlled tour of Lhasa

Foreign reporters allowed scripted trip to Tibet

LHASA, China — The Chinese paramilitary police who usually patrol Tibet’s often tense capital went to work in black and yellow track suits last week instead of their green uniforms. The occasion: a government-arranged visit by a group of foreign journalists.

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Hawaii’s laid-back residents admit to being unnerved by possible North Korea missile test

Planned N. Korea launch unnerves Hawaii residents

HONOLULU — Comforted by the U.S. military’s missile defense systems, Hawaii residents doubt a North Korean missile would light up the clear island sky like fireworks on the Fourth of July.

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