Social Issues

43 suspects in deadly Philippine bombings face criminal raps

Sep 10, 2018

The Philippine police chief says criminal complaints have been filed against 43 Muslim militants from two armed groups linked to the Islamic State group for two bomb attacks in the south, including a suspected suicide bombing that killed 11 people

Vietnam detains senior official for global rights group

Sep 9, 2018

A senior executive for an international human rights group has been detained by Vietnamese authorities at the capital's airport as she arrived to attend a World Economic Forum meeting and is expected to be deported

Malaysian PM says public caning of lesbians tarnishes Islam

Sep 6, 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticized the public caning of two Muslim women for attempting to have sex, saying it tarnished Islam's reputation as a merciful and compassionate religion

World criticism doesn't have Suu Kyi or Myanmar on the ropes

Sep 6, 2018

Foreign concerns about Myanmar's nascent democracy and calls to hold the military to account for genocide are not likely to change Suu Kyi's course

Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes

Sep 5, 2018

A district in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops

China's JD.com: founder returns to Beijing after US arrest

Sep 3, 2018

A Chinese e-commerce giant says its billionaire founder, Liu Qiangdong, has returned to China after earlier being arrested in the U.S. on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct

Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

Sep 3, 2018

Two women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex have been caned in a rare public whipping in northeastern Malaysia

As MeToo unnerves China, a student fights to tell her story

Sep 3, 2018

A woman's challenges in trying to report sexual assault allegations show the determination of a new generation trying to push China into its own #MeToo movement

Asian Games stir Indonesia's pride, boost Jokowi's campaign

Sep 3, 2018

Indonesia's success in hosting and competing at the Asian Games has swelled national pride, boosted the re-election campaign of President Joko Widodo, and positively highlighted diversity in the Muslim-majority nation

China police detain 46 after violent protest over schooling

Sep 2, 2018

Police in central China have detained 46 people who were part of a protest against a government plan to address overcrowded classrooms that escalated into violence

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