Social Issues

China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

Jun 22, 2018

A popular Chinese social media site is blocking users from posting about "Last Week Tonight" and its host John Oliver after the HBO news satire program aired a segment making fun of Chinese President Xi Jinping

Japan to check concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths

Jun 19, 2018

Japan's government has ordered nationwide inspection of school walls after two of the four deaths in Monday's earthquake in Osaka were caused by falling concrete walls

Man who killed teen is Thailand's 1st execution since 2009

Jun 19, 2018

Thailand has carried out its first execution in nine years, putting to death a man who killed a teenager for his mobile phone, in a move that has drawn condemnation

Australian who irked Duterte wins appeal, still faces ouster

Jun 18, 2018

The Philippine justice secretary has revoked an immigration expulsion order for an Australian nun who irked the Philippine president by joining political rallies but she still faces possible deportation

Kirin investigates if donations went to Myanmar's forces

Jun 15, 2018

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether any of its donations went to Myanmar's military, accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims

Trump says he discussed human rights with Kim Jong Un, will hold more conversations on that in the future

Jun 12, 2018

Trump says he discussed human rights with Kim Jong Un, will hold more conversations on that in the future

Vietnam passes cybersecurity law despite privacy concerns

Jun 12, 2018

Vietnamese legislators have passed a contentious cybersecurity law, which critics say will hurt the economy and further restrict freedom of expression

US broadcaster loses Myanmar outlet over Rohingya name

Jun 12, 2018

A U.S. government-affiliated broadcaster Radio Free Asia is restricted is losing its partner in Myanmar after refusing to stop using the word "Rohingya" to describe the oppressed Muslim minority

Priest fatally shot at altar of Philippine Catholic church

Jun 11, 2018

Philippine police say two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he prepared to celebrate Mass at the altar of a chapel in a northern town, in the country's latest deadly attack on a priest

Vietnam expels human rights lawyer, 2nd dissident to Germany

Jun 8, 2018

A pro-democracy group says Vietnam has released from prison and expelled a prominent human rights lawyer and another dissident to Germany

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