Social Issues

Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Dec 11, 2018

A Thai court has ruled that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution

Philippine peace talks adviser resigns over agency graft

Nov 28, 2018

The Philippine president has accepted the resignation of his adviser on peace talks with insurgents and sacked two other officials due to corruption in an anti-poverty program created for insurgency-hit areas

Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret

Nov 27, 2018

Chinese scientist who claims first gene-edited babies kept much of his work secret

Car strikes crowd at China school, killing 5 and hurting 18

Nov 22, 2018

A government spokesman in China says 5 people were killed and 18 injured when a car plowed into them outside a primary school in a northeastern city

Experts weigh the record of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal

Nov 17, 2018

Experts consider the costs and benefits of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, which has tried and convicted a total of three defendants over nine years at a cost of more than $300 million

China says foreign concerns over Muslim rights unwarranted

Nov 15, 2018

China says 15 foreign ambassadors exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country's Muslim minorities in re-education camps

Chinese premier says reforms, not stimulus, vital for growth

Nov 13, 2018

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the country needs reforms to support business to help drive growth as it weathers a trade war with the U.S., rather than more economic stimulus

Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

Nov 9, 2018

Thailand's legislature has proposed legal amendments that would allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug

Aussie nun who angered Duterte forced to leave Philippines

Nov 3, 2018

An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests has called on Filipinos to unite and fight human rights abuses ahead of her forced departure from the country

UN finds 486 million in Asia still hungry, progress stalled

Nov 2, 2018

A United Nations report says some 486 million people are malnourished in Asia and the Pacific and progress in alleviating hunger is stalling

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