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Sri Lankan lawmaker moves to abolish death penalty

Aug 2, 2019

A Sri Lankan lawmaker says a bill to abolish the death penalty has been submitted to Parliament, while the president has sanctioned the hanging of four drug convicts

China governor defends controversial re-education centers

Jul 30, 2019

The governor of China's far-northwestern region of Xinjiang is defending controversial re-education centers opened across the region as an effective deterrent against terrorism and religious extremism

Hong Kong elders march in support of young demonstrators

Jul 17, 2019

Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, are marching in a show of support for youths at the forefront of monthlong protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory

Hong Kong protesters march in new outpouring of grievances

Jul 14, 2019

Protesters in Hong Kong demand investigation of complaints of police violence, resignation of territory's leader in new outpouring of grievances against government

Pakistani businesses on strike over new IMF-backed taxes

Jul 13, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani businesses are on strike nationwide to protest a new sales tax, which opposition political parties say is being imposed as part of the International Monetary Fund's recent $6 billion bailout package for Islamabad

India toughens law to protect children from sexual abuse

Jul 12, 2019

The Indian government has toughened a law against child sexual abuse and child pornography, introducing the death penalty as a maximum punishment

Ex-UN chief concerned over monsoon floods in Rohingya camps

Jul 11, 2019

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over risks of monsoon floods threatening the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in Bangladesh

Sri Lankan prosecutors seek to reopen student killing case

Jul 9, 2019

Sri Lankan prosecutors have asked police to locate three key witnesses in the 2006 killings of five ethnic Tamil students, days after a judge dismissed charges against 13 policemen suspected in the case because of a lack of evidence

The Latest: Hong Kong pro-Beijing lawmakers slam violence

Jul 2, 2019

Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong have condemned the violence and vandalism of government facilities by protesters

EU says planned Sri Lanka executions contradict commitments

Jun 28, 2019

The European Union has criticized Sri Lanka's move to resume executions, saying it would directly contradict the country's commitment to maintain a 43-year moratorium on death penalty

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