Aug 1, 2014

Turkish women are told not to laugh loud

One of the most senior members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sparked an outcry Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party ...

Aug 1, 2014

Pro-China imam said murdered

China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another. The state media reports were the first official confirmation of the murder of Jume Tahir after dawn prayers ...

Aug 1, 2014

China hears gay 'conversion' case

A Beijing court on Thursday heard a landmark case on “gay conversion” treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle. “Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!” chanted supporters. “Haidian Court, oppose conversion therapy!” ...

Sudanese apostate arrives in U.S. with family

Aug 1, 2014

Sudanese apostate arrives in U.S. with family

A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived in the United States on Thursday, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” and later by cheering supporters ...

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

Jul 28, 2014

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained ...

Jul 27, 2014

Pakistani boy loses arms after row with landowner over cows: police

Pakistani police have arrested the son of a landowner for an assault on a 10-year-old boy that resulted in his injured arms being amputated, the latest case highlighting harsh treatment of villagers by so-called feudal families. A tiny number of families own huge tracts ...

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 25, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

Jul 24, 2014

Global fight against poverty slowing, U.N. report finds

Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its ...