Social Issues

China orders microblog operators to tighten censorship

Feb 2, 2018

Chinese microblog operators have been ordered by regulators to tighten censorship after the most popular service was criticized for failing to block prohibited material

Rise of 'morality schools' for Chinese women sparks outcry

Feb 2, 2018

So-called "female morality schools" where women are taught to be subservient to men have sparked a storm of criticism in China

Myanmar court refuses bail for reporters in secrets case

Feb 1, 2018

A Myanmar court has denied bail for two Reuters journalists charged with illegally handling government secrets. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act

Protesters in Pakistan call for policeman's arrest

Feb 1, 2018

Thousands from Pakistan's most powerful tribe rally, demanding arrest of policeman implicated in model's slaying

India budget offers free cooking gas, health plan for poor

Feb 1, 2018

India's finance minister has announced a federal budget with a string of populist giveaways, from free cooking gas to a health plan for the poor, in an attempt to woo voters ahead of national elections next year

Germany urges release of detained China human rights lawyer

Feb 1, 2018

Germany is calling on China to release a prominent human rights lawyer charged with inciting subversion, drawing a sharp rebuke from Beijing

Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi's Myanmar home; no injuries

Feb 1, 2018

A Myanmar spokesman says a petrol bomb was tossed into the residential compound of the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but she was not at home

AP confirms 5 previously unreported Myanmar mass graves

Feb 1, 2018

AP EXCLUSIVE: Newly reported mass graves and the details of a massacre in a Myanmar village suggests more graves exist with more civilian victims of what has been called genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

Jan 30, 2018

Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists light candles to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government

Afghan clerical council condemns wave of deadly attacks

Jan 30, 2018

Afghan council of prominent clerics condemns militant attacks that killed scores across the country this month

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