Social Issues

Peppa Pig wins street cred, attracts censors in China

May 2, 2018

A cherubic British cartoon character has become an unlikely target of China's censors as online fans use her porcine likeness in sardonic memes and "gangster" catchphrases

UN expert expresses grave concern over Myanmar fighting

May 2, 2018

A U.N. rights expert expressed grave concern over reports that Myanmar's military has used heavy weapons and conducted aerial bombings in civilian areas as fighting against Kachin rebels escalates sharply

Myanmar policeman who testified about entrapment is punished

Apr 30, 2018

A police officer in Myanmar who testified that he was ordered to help entrap two Reuters journalists investigating abuses by security forces against the Muslim Rohingya minority has been punished under police regulations

5 firefighters, 2 workers killed in Taiwan factory blaze

Apr 30, 2018

Taiwan is mourning the deaths of five firefighters and two workers in an intense weekend blaze at a printed circuit board factory

Statue honoring WWII sex slaves removed in Philippines

Apr 29, 2018

A statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II has been quietly removed from a busy seaside promenade in the Philippine capital, angering women's groups

Death toll rises to 9 in China school stabbing attack

Apr 28, 2018

The death toll has risen to nine in a stabbing attack outside a middle school in northwestern China

Thais sends Cambodian wanted by Phnom Penh back to Denmark

Apr 27, 2018

The leader of a Cambodian anti-government group who was at risk of being extradited to his homeland for imprisonment says he is safely back in Denmark where he has had political asylum for seven years

Eyes on Koreas as Southeast Asian leaders hold summit

Apr 27, 2018

Southeast Asian leaders are expected to discuss economic cooperation and Myanmar's refugee crisis at a summit in Singapore this weekend

Japanese actress accuses director, starts #MeToo group

Apr 27, 2018

Japanese actress to start #MeToo group for entertainers from sexual misconduct settlement with director

Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl

Apr 26, 2018

A member of the popular Japanese male pop group Tokio has apologized for forcibly kissing a teenage girl at his home

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