Social Issues

Hong Kong airport shuts down amid pro-democracy protest

Aug 12, 2019

One of the world's busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong's main terminal, while the central government in Beijing ominously characterized the protests as approaching "terrorism"

The Latest: Cathay chief warns employees over HK protests

Aug 12, 2019

The chief executive of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways says there will be "disciplinary consequences" for employees involved in "illegal protests"

Nagasaki mayor laments nuclear arms are seen as useful

Aug 9, 2019

On 74th bombing anniversary, Nagasaki mayor laments that nuclear weapons are increasingly seen as useful and nuclear states like US and Russia are returning to making and deploying them

Hiroshima marks 74th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 6, 2019

Hiroshima has marked the 74rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city with its mayor renewing calls for eliminating such weapons

The Latest: Lam says she has no plans to resign over unrest

Aug 5, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has no plans to resign over the civil unrest targeting her administration

Hong Kong protesters toss Chinese flag, clash with police

Aug 3, 2019

Hong Kong protesters have removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into the city's iconic Victoria Harbour, and police later fired tear gas at demonstrators after some of them vandalized a police station

Malaysia: Myanmar must be accountable for Rohingya to return

Jul 30, 2019

Malaysia's foreign ministry says Myanmar's government must pursue justice for alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority so hundreds of thousands who fled a brutal military crackdown can return safely

China governor defends controversial re-education centers

Jul 30, 2019

The governor of China's far-northwestern region of Xinjiang is defending controversial re-education centers opened across the region as an effective deterrent against terrorism and religious extremism

Indonesia's Widodo tells AP he'll push economy, labor reform

Jul 26, 2019

Indonesia's president is vowing to push sweeping economic reforms, saying he will not have political constraints in his final term in office

Japan vows action if S. Korea hurts companies in trade row

Jul 20, 2019

Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo will take "necessary measures" against South Korea if interests of Japanese companies are harmed in an escalating dispute over World War II forced labor

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