BEIJING -- A British man and his American wife, detained last month for allegedly selling foreign companies private information about Chinese citizens, were shown on state television in orange prison tunics here Tuesday, offering a confession and an apology.
"We obtained personal information, sometimes through illegal ways," Peter Humphrey, 57, said in Chinese, sitting with handcuffed hands just below his chin. "I am very regretful for this and would like to apologize to the Chinese government."
The humiliating footage was the latest salvo against foreign business practices in China. Some foreign businesspeople complain they are being unfairly targeted, but the Chinese government insists it is merely protecting consumers and enforcing the law.
U.N. panel seeks access
SEOUL, South Korea -- The first panel of experts from the United Nations assigned to investigate accusations of human rights abuses in North Korea urged the government on Tuesday to allow them to visit the country, even as the North called their work slanderous.
The U.N. appeal, although ignored by the North in recent weeks, was repeated Tuesday, as the three-member Commission of Inquiry finished five days of public hearings in the South Korean capital, Seoul, during which defectors from North Korea, many of them survivors of its labor or political prisoner camps, have provided harrowing accounts of hunger, torture, public executions and forced abortions there.
Ex-JPMorgan trader held
MADRID -- A former employee of JPMorgan Chase was arrested in Spain on Tuesday, weeks after the U.S. government charged him with hiding trading losses that ultimately reached more than $6 billion.
In a brief statement, the Spanish police said the former JPMorgan trader, Javier Martin-Artajo, surrendered Tuesday morning after they made contact with him.
BERLIN -- Christian Wulff, a former German president and onetime ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel who quit over allegations of accepting favors from wealthy friends while serving as a governor, will become the first former head of state in the country's postwar history to stand trial.
The Hanover state court said Tuesday that it had opened proceedings against Mr. Wulff on charges of illegally accepting favors while serving as governor of Lower Saxony and set Nov. 1 as the opening date for the trial. If found guilty, the former president nevertheless could be fined or face up to three years in prison.
-- Compiled from news services
Key court ruling expected
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's constitutional court will rule as early as today whether a government plan to address war crimes through its peace process with Marxist guerrillas is constitutional, a decision that could determine the outcome of President Juan Manuel Santos' efforts to end a half-century of conflict here.
Many Colombians are concerned that a ruling in the government's favor would allow the FARC rebel group's commanders to walk away unpunished once peace is negotiated. According to a study by the state-supported National Center for Historic Memory, the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has killed villagers, launched hundreds of attacks on small towns and, from 1970 to 2010, kidnapped nearly 13,000 people, including Americans.