Social Issues

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

Apr 24, 2019

A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones has sued the Foreign Ministry after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprived him of his right to travel and interferes with press freedom

Hong Kong sentences leaders of 2014 democracy protests

Apr 24, 2019

A court in Hong Kong has handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests on charges of public nuisance offenses

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr 19, 2019

Several Roman Catholic devotees have been nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering

The Latest: Indonesia leader calls for unity after election

Apr 17, 2019

Both candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have addressed supporters after preliminary results showed President Joko Widodo leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by about 10 points

Evangelical group says 3 US volunteers detained in Laos

Apr 13, 2019

A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers have been detained in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos

Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

Apr 12, 2019

The Philippine military says 12 Abu Sayyaf militants have been killed in clashes as army troops pressed an offensive in a southern province after the extremists were blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral

4 dead, 2 missing in China aluminum ore train derailment

Apr 11, 2019

Chinese authorities say four people are dead and two more missing after a train carrying aluminum ore derailed in a central province

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr 11, 2019

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests

China says trade talks with US 'moving forward'

Apr 11, 2019

China says trade talks with the U.S. are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken financial markets and darkened the world economic outlook

Hong Kong protest organizers free on bail before sentencing

Apr 10, 2019

A Hong Kong court has extended bail for 9 pro-democracy protest organizers awaiting sentencing for public nuisance convictions over the 2014 umbrella movement demonstrations

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