**Chinese Media Criticizes US Religious Freedom Report **
Chinese state media criticized a U.S. report on worldwide religious freedom, saying the release is "counterproductive."
The state-run Xinhua news agency said in a commentary Tuesday that the report is a "political tool" and that the United States is imposing its own religious policy standards.
The annual State Department report released Monday said there has been a deterioration in China's respect for religious freedom, including in Tibetan areas and against Muslims living in the Xinjiang region.
It lists China as one of eight countries of concern. The others are are Burma, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan.
The report also highlights religious defamation laws in Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It said that in North Korea, religious freedom does not exist at all.
**Australia Seizes Drugs Worth Up To $525 Million **
Australian police say they have seized a stash of crystal methamphetamine and heroin with a street value of up to $525 million.
Authorities said Tuesday the drugs were smuggled into the country in a shipment of terracotta pots, but did not say where the shipment originated.
Police arrested seven people, including four from Hong Kong and three Australians, in connection with the case. They face up to life in prison if convicted.
The 306 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was the largest amount of the drug ever seized in Australia, while the 252 kilograms of heroin was the third-largest haul of that drug.
The seizure came after a nearly year-long investigation that began with a tip from U.S. authorities.