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India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

Jun 6, 2014

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

A minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party said Thursday that rape can be condoned in some circumstances, in comments that were sure to fuel national anger over sex attacks against women. Babulal Gaur, who as home minister of central Madhya Pradesh state ...

May 14, 2014

China schooling blamed for suicides

China’s high-pressure, exam-driven education system is responsible for the vast majority of suicides by schoolchildren in the country, state media said Wednesday, citing a study. Official statistics on youth suicides are hard to obtain, but a health ministry journal said that about 500 primary ...

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

May 5, 2014

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

by Tom Hancock

A Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat examined yellowing pages said to predict the future — but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak. “To see a spirit, you have to practice the ...

May 1, 2014

China stirs ire by smashing church

The destruction of a towering church by Chinese authorities has sown fear in a thriving Christian community and highlighted tensions between a rapidly growing number of worshippers and the communist state. Massive slabs of concrete on a hillside were all that remained Wednesday of ...

China domestic tourist boom puts minorities on display

Apr 21, 2014

China domestic tourist boom puts minorities on display

Marching in dragon dances, cheering on buffalo fights, singing folk songs with villagers, an enamoured traveler ticked off the sights during a three-week tour of Chinese ethnic minority festivals. The man — who flew across the country to southwestern Guizhou province to see the ...

Apr 20, 2014

Transgender Indian seeks vote

A budding transgender politician in India is campaigning in her southern hometown for a seat in parliament, just days after the country’s highest court recognized “third-gender” people. Describing the ruling as a “milestone,” 53-year-old Bharathi Kannamma hopes to build on the momentum and overturn ...