Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 20, 2015

Transgender sex workers face tide of abuse in China

Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Once there, police pulled at Xiao’s wig and punched her, before removing her bra and groping ...

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Jan 16, 2015

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Pope Francis began his visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation Thursday with a provocative statement about one of Europe’s largest Catholic nations: Referring to the Paris attacks, Francis said there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. ...

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Dec 29, 2014

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the Sharia police would raid them at any moment. Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh ...

Dec 24, 2014

India's birth rate shrinks

India’s birth rate declined dramatically in the last two decades due in part to rising female literacy, a new study shows, but experts warned against complacency in the country of 1.2 billion. The total fertility rate, or the number of children the average woman ...