Social Issues

The Latest: Hong Kong protest activists reject apology

Jun 16, 2019

Pro-democracy activists helping to drive mass protests in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition law have rejected an apology issued by the city's top local leader

Hong Kong marchers gather as protester's death mourned

Jun 16, 2019

Hong Kong is bracing for another massive protest over an unpopular extradition bill, a week after the crisis brought as many as 1 million into the streets

UN counterterrorism chief makes controversy trip to Xinjiang

Jun 16, 2019

China says the U.N. counterterrorism chief has visited Xinjiang despite protests from the U.S. and a rights group that the trip would be inappropriate in light of the human rights conditions in the far west region

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

Jun 12, 2019

Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former British colony

The Latest: HK leader doesn't say if she will withdraw bill

Jun 12, 2019

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has spoken tearfully about the sacrifices she has made for the city in response to questions about whether she is "selling out" the territory by trying to push through a controversial extradition bill

65 Rohingya Muslims found shipwrecked in southern Thailand

Jun 11, 2019

Thai officials say they have discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

Jun 11, 2019

Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, but over the past decade and a half has repurposed its militia into a force that's often first to help in times of disaster

Hong Kong extradition bill near approval despite big protest

Jun 10, 2019

Hong Kong's leader has signaled that her government will go ahead with proposed amendments to its extradition laws after a massive protest against them

Deadly knife attack on schoolgirls startles Japan

May 29, 2019

In a country considered among the safest in the world, a deadly knife attack near Tokyo on a group of schoolgirls has shocked Japanese parents and officials and raised concerns over the safety of children

Challenge to Indonesia vote makes big claims, weak on proof

May 29, 2019

The court challenge to Indonesia's presidential election from the losing candidate claims the police, intelligence agency and other state institutions were biased in favor of the incumbent, but its evidence for fraud is mainly printouts of news articles

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