Social Issues

First Pakistani woman from Hindu minority to become lawmaker

Feb 12, 2018

Spokesman: First woman from Pakistan's tiny minority Hindu community poised to become lawmaker

Sri Lanka's former strongman calls for snap elections

Feb 12, 2018

Sri Lanka's former strongman calls for snap parliamentary elections after the party he fielded as a proxy swept local elections in a major blow to the reformist government elected just 3 years ago

Pakistan tribesmen end sit-in over police killing of model

Feb 10, 2018

Thousands of Mehsud tribesmen have ended their dayslong sit-in in Islamabad after assurances that the police officer accused of killing a 27-year-old aspiring model will be arrested and their other demands also met

Missing bookseller hits out at Sweden in arranged interview

Feb 10, 2018

A detained Swedish bookseller at the center of escalating row between Western governments and Beijing has accused Sweden of using him as a "chess piece" in an appearance arranged by Chinese police

AP Exclusive: Rohingya say military cut off food in Myanmar

Feb 9, 2018

AP Exclusive: Interviews with recent refugees indicate Myanmar's military and Buddhist residents may be controlling food in order to force the few remaining Rohingya Muslims to leave

Pakistani Islamist radicals hail acquittals over lynching

Feb 8, 2018

Pakistani suspects acquitted in lynching of student over blasphemy receive rousing welcome home by radical Islamists

China, African Union deny report bloc's building was bugged

Feb 8, 2018

Chinese and African officials say a report that China bugged the African Union headquarters is a ploy to undermine their relations

'They want to erase us.' Hunger used to target Rohingya

Feb 7, 2018

AP Exclusive: 'They want to erase us.' More than a dozen interviews by the AP with recent refugees show an increasing desperation among the dwindling numbers of Rohingya in Myanmar in the face of what the UN says may be a genocide.

UN rights chief: 'all-out assault on democracy' in Maldives

Feb 7, 2018

The U.N. human rights chief has called the declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives and the resulting suspension of constitutional guarantees an "all-out assault on democracy"

Retired cardinal hits back at Vatican over deal with China

Feb 7, 2018

The retired archbishop of Hong Kong has slammed the Holy See's negotiations with the Chinese government as a "catastrophe" that would bring suffering to millions of worshippers

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