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Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

Mar 17, 2014

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, have been abandoned in a Chinese “safe haven” in just over six weeks — more than five a day — since it opened in late January, authorities said. The “baby hatch” in Guangzhou, in the ...

China smog drives face masks out of stock

Feb 26, 2014

China smog drives face masks out of stock

China’s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week. Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5 — small airborne particles which easily penetrate ...

U.S. to extend federal benefits to same-sex spouses

Feb 9, 2014

U.S. to extend federal benefits to same-sex spouses

Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage rights to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other. Same-sex spouses also should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and ...

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

Jan 30, 2014

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who offered more than $100 million to find her a male suitor has issued a heartfelt open letter urging him to accept her sexuality. In the letter, which starts “Dear Daddy,” socialite Gigi Chao asked her ...

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

Jan 21, 2014

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

A wire connected to his genitals, a Chinese man says doctors administered repeated electric shocks as he watched a pornographic film — part of treatment he hoped would eliminate his sexual attraction to men. “I thought I’d try and see if there was a ...

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

Jan 19, 2014

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

The 17-year hunt for her kidnapped son cost Ye Jinxiu her marriage, home and family. And when she found her boy, now a grown man and stranger, he wanted nothing to do with her. Now 59, homeless and alone again, Ye roams the streets ...

Thai teen pregnancies rise without sex ed

Jan 17, 2014

Thai teen pregnancies rise without sex ed

Days away from giving birth and living apart from her family, 16-year-old Ying is one of a growing number of Thai teenagers to fall pregnant every year in a country where sex education is focused on the married. Despite its anything-goes image, Thailand has ...

Seoul digs up nation-building past

| Jan 4, 2014

Seoul digs up nation-building past

Fifty years ago, several hundred South Koreans went to work in German mines — the first wave of a flood of Korean migrants whose remittances helped jump-start one of the great economic transformations of the modern age. The experience was often lonely, and for ...