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China's workers leave kids in country

Dec 31, 2013

China's workers leave kids in country

by William Wan

Regulars of the Jianba barbershop in the southern Chinese city of Zhuzhou recently found it shuttered, with a curious note taped to the door. Dear customers: I got a call from my daughter yesterday. I have been away from her so long she doesn’t ...

China eases one-child policy, abolishes 're-education' labor camps

Dec 28, 2013

China eases one-child policy, abolishes 're-education' labor camps

China’s top legislative committee formally approved a loosening of the country’s hugely controversial one-child policy Saturday and abolished camps for “re-education through labor,” state media reported. The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, at the ...

Indian gay activists protest supreme court sex ruling

Dec 15, 2013

Indian gay activists protest supreme court sex ruling

Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India’s capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India’s top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex. India’s Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court ...

Singapore foreign labor riot forces rethink

Dec 15, 2013

Singapore foreign labor riot forces rethink

A riot by South Asian laborers has forced Singapore to take a fresh look at how it deals with the presence of nearly a million low-paid foreign workers in the wealthy city-state. An estimated 400 workers went on the rampage on Dec. 8 in ...

India government likely to review anti-gay sex law

Dec 12, 2013

India government likely to review anti-gay sex law

India’s law minister said Thursday the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, saying the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations. The minister, Kapil Sibal, said he was for decriminalizing homosexuality, hinting that the ...

Dec 12, 2013

Australia's Abbott admits hitting kids

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted Thursday he smacked his children when they were young and warned against bans that could take political correctness “to extremes.” Abbott was commenting after the issue was raised in the first report submitted to parliament by the newly ...

Move to label online games as addiction roils South Korea

Dec 12, 2013

Move to label online games as addiction roils South Korea

A law under consideration in South Korea’s parliament has sparked vociferous debate by grouping popular online games such as “StarCraft” with gambling, drugs and alcohol as an addiction the government should do more to stamp out. The bill is winning support from parents, religious ...

Australia's highest court bans gay marriages

Dec 12, 2013

Australia's highest court bans gay marriages

Australia’s highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country’s first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal ...

Australia's first gay weddings held in capital

Dec 7, 2013

Australia's first gay weddings held in capital

Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation’s beleaguered same-sex union laws, which face a challenge in the courts within a week. The hastily arranged ceremonies held under blue summer skies were bitter-sweet occasions ...