Social Issues

Grenade thrown into Philippine mosque kills 2 Islam teachers

Jan 30, 2019

Authorities say a grenade was thrown into a mosque in the southern Philippines where Muslim teachers were sleeping, killing 2 and injuring 4

Australian PM asks Thailand to free detained soccer player

Jan 30, 2019

Australia's prime minister has urged Thailand to stop the extradition to Bahrain of a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia

Thailand suspends patent applications for medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019

Thailand suspends licensing of medical marijuana products amid concern that foreign drug companies might try to monopolize the market

Duterte sees bombed church, tells army to crush Abu Sayyaf

Jan 29, 2019

President visits bombed cathedral in the southern Philippines and tells his armed forces to crush the extremist group Abu Sayyaf blamed for the attack

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

Jan 28, 2019

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession

The Latest: Muslim leader condemns Philippines bombings

Jan 27, 2019

The head of the world's largest body of Muslim-majority countries has strongly condemned the bombing of a Catholic church in the Philippines that killed 20 people and wounded nearly a dozen

20 dead as bombs target Sunday Mass in Philippine cathedral

Jan 27, 2019

Two bombs minutes apart have torn through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 81 others during a Sunday Mass

Japan court upholds sterilization to register gender change

Jan 25, 2019

Human rights and LGBT activists are denouncing a ruling by Japan's Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents

Ex-player seeks FIFA help for jailed Bahrain refugee athlete

Jan 25, 2019

A former Australian soccer player campaigning to free a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand wants FIFA, the sport's governing body, to sanction the soccer associations of Thailand and Bahrain if they fail to help

Microsoft's Bing blocked in China, prompting grumbling

Jan 25, 2019

Chinese internet users lose access to Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine, triggering grumbling about Communist Party censorship

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