Social Issues

Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products

Oct 10, 2018

Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products

Japan urges Myanmar to conduct credible Rohingya probe

Oct 9, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Myanmar's leader that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving tensions in the country's Rakhine state

Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk

Oct 9, 2018

Japanese online retail tycoon planning trip to the moon on SpaceX rocket says he respects and trusts fellow entrepreneur Elon Musk, despite his recent troubles

Hong Kong journalist group protests FT editor's visa denial

Oct 8, 2018

Hong Kong journalist group protests denial of work visa to Financial Times editor

Britain expresses concern over Hong Kong speech rights

Oct 6, 2018

Britain's foreign ministry has expressed concern over freedom of speech in the former British colony of Hong Kong after authorities refused to renew the work visa of a senior editor of the Financial Times

Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor's visa renewal

Oct 5, 2018

The Financial Times says Hong Kong has denied a visa renewal for its Asia editor

Critics say Duterte admitted illegal killings, aides say no

Sep 28, 2018

Rights activists say the Philippine president has acknowledged he sanctioned extrajudicial killings in his brutal drug war, but his aides argue that his words were taken out of context

Indonesia blasphemy woman endures cramped cell, bad food

Sep 27, 2018

A rights group says the Indonesian woman imprisoned for blasphemy after complaining about noise from a mosque is sharing a cramped cell with 16 other women and given "terrible" food

Vatican agreement with China draws concerns amid crackdown

Sep 27, 2018

The Vatican's breakthrough agreement China over bishop appointments has received a decidedly mixed reception, with some labeling it a virtual surrender to the atheist ruling Communist Party

Thai police hand over 100 kilos of marijuana for research

Sep 25, 2018

Thai police have handed over around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of seized marijuana to be used for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication

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