Asia Pacific

Malaysia to free North Korean chemical attack suspect

No evidence found against man in assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport with VX nerve agent.

Asia Pacific

North Korea calls Kim Jong-nam VX poison claim 'absurd'

Claim that chemical weapon was detected in the corpse lacks 'scientific accuracy and logical coherence', says Pyongyang.

Asia Pacific

Women charged with killing N Korean leader's brother

Under heavy security, Indonesian and Vietnamese nationals formally charged with murder and now face death penalty.

Murder

Chemical weapon used to kill Kim Jong-nam: police

Malaysian police say nerve agent found on face of half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia summons North Korean envoy over Kim body row

CCTV footage purportedly showing the deadly assault on Kim Jong-un's brother by a woman in Malaysia is also released.

Murder

Russia bids farewell to slain Turkey envoy

While Turkey has blamed the Gulen network for the assassination, Moscow has warned against "rushing to conclusions".

Rodrigo Duterte

UN rights chief: Probe Philippines leader for murder

President admitted last week to "personally" killing three men as mayor of Davao City during a gunfight in the 1980s.

Murder

Russia joins probe into Ankara assassination

Seven detained in connection with killing of ambassador Andrey Karlov as Russia and Turkey attempt to contain fallout.

Murder

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman.

International Women's Day

India sees huge spike in 'honour' killings

Reported murders over family shame surged from 28 in 2014 to 251 last year, according to figures given in parliament.

Murder

Probe finds Philippine police killed mayor in jail

Probe contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that imprisoned mayor linked to illegal drugs died in a gun battle.

Bangladesh

Alleged killer of Dhaka blogger is innocent, says wife

Police say Rashedun Nabi Bhuiyan led a team who shot and bludgeoned to death secular blogger Nazimuddin Samad in April.

Italy

Italy recalls Egypt ambassador over student murder

The move came after two days of talks between Egyptian and Italian investigators in Rome ended without progress.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Manslaughter not murder for Israeli soldier

Prosecutor downgrades charge against soldier who shot dead wounded Palestinian to manslaughter from murder.

Africa

South African athlete Pistorius denied bid to appeal

The Olympian can now be sentenced to at least 15 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend.