Social Issues

Indonesia's Aceh carries out public canings despite pledge

Jul 13, 2018

Conservative Indonesian province publicly canes gay couple, others found guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out the punishment in public

Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths

Jul 12, 2018

Japanese authorities have raided the apartment of a nurse in custody on suspicion of poisoning to death at least two elderly patients at a terminal care hospital

Chinese professor suspended following misconduct complaints

Jul 12, 2018

A leading Chinese university has suspended a prominent primatologist in a victory for China's slow-building #MeToo movement

Thai court acquits migrant poultry workers of defamation

Jul 11, 2018

A court in Thailand dismisses criminal defamation charges brought against 14 migrant workers from by their former employer, a poultry farm they had accused of labor and human rights violations

China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison

Jul 11, 2018

One day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, China has sentenced a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on the vague charge of seeking to subvert state power

The Latest: Chinese Nobel widow Liu arrives in Germany

Jul 10, 2018

Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has arrived in Germany following being freed from house arrest after eight years

Japanese man convicted of spying by Chinese court

Jul 10, 2018

Japan's government has confirmed that a Japanese citizen was convicted of spying in China by a Chinese court

Executed Japanese cult founder's body cremated

Jul 9, 2018

Japanese authorities have cremated the body of doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara three days after he was executed over the 1995 subway gassing and other crimes

Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid

Jul 9, 2018

Philippine Catholic bishops have called for fasting and prayers after the president called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision course with Asia's largest Catholic church

Thai authorities say 4 boys rescued from cave on Sunday are hungry but in good health

Jul 9, 2018

Thai authorities say 4 boys rescued from cave on Sunday are hungry but in good health

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