Arrest Warrant for Ex South Korea President; Fears for Australian, Taiwanese in China; Hong Kong Crackdown on Umbrella Leaders; Apple Wins in Beijing Court

Arrest Warrant for Ex South Korea President; Fears for Australian, Taiwanese in China; Hong Kong Crackdown on Umbrella Leaders; Apple Wins in Beijing Court
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South Korea:

Prosecutors on Monday requested an arrest warrant for former President Park Geun-hye over a string of corruption allegations that led to her removal from office, they said. – Korea Times

China:

Fears are growing for the welfare of a leading Sydney academic who has been blocked from taking a flight out of China for two days running. – The Sydney Morning Herald

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan have fired pepper spray at crowds of protesters amid clashes with thousands of residents angry over a forced eviction and demolition program, eyewitnesses told RFA. – Radio Free Asia (United States)

Chinese property investors target Malaysia, as alternatives to Hong Kong and Australia. – Financial Times

A Beijing court found Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models don’t infringe on smartphone-design patents held by defunct local manufacturer Baili. – The Wall Street Journal

China, Taiwan:

Taiwan has received no response from Mainland authorities on the whereabouts of a Taiwanese human rights advocate, whom his relatives and friends think might have been detained by security agents for supporting human rights on the mainland. – South China Morning Post

China’s failure to respond on the matter of a Taiwanese man missing in China is causing his family “anxiety and panic,” the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday, as it called on authorities to protect the rights of Taiwanese. - Reuters via Taipei Times

Hong Kong:

Several leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests have received calls from the police saying that they will be charged, one day after Hong Kong elected a new chief executive. – Hong Kong Free Press

Carrie Lam yesterday won Hong Kong’s chief executive election, becoming the city's first female leader. Lam is seen as Beijing’s preferred candidate for the role and was widely expected to win the selection process. – The News Lens

Singapore:

Controversial Singaporean blogger Amos Yee has been granted political asylum by an immigration court in the United States. The judge concluded that Yee's 2015 arrest and convictions clearly constituted past persecution on account of Yee's political opinion. – The News Lens

Japan:

Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not been rocked by the scandal over alleged influence-peddling in a cut-price land deal but the vast majority of respondents doubt his version of events, the results of the latest opinion poll indicate. – The Japan Times

Philippines:

Four persons were killed while 15 others were hurt when a thief hurled a grenade at a commercial establishment in Jolo, Sulu on Saturday night. - The Philippine Star

India:

More than two years after India and the U.S. announced that the civil nuclear deal was “done,” its actual operationalization is in doubt over a number of developments that stretch from a “school scandal” in the Japanese parliament in Tokyo to the Cranberry, Pennsylvania headquarters of Westinghouse Electric, which is expected to file for bankruptcy this week. – The Hindu