Asia Pacific Topics

China priests wary of Vatican's olive branch

Secret talks between the Vatican and Beijing are raising hopes of a “historic” rapprochement after six decades of estrangement, but some Chinese clergy fear that Rome will accept a communist stranglehold over the country’s Catholics. Since becoming head of the Holy See in 2013 Pope Francis has tried to improve ...

Nov 2, 2016

Chinese lawmakers poised to ban some private schools: report

China may ban for-profit, private elementary and middle schools in a move likely to tighten government control of education and cool a fast-growing but poorly regulated sector. Leaders of the country’s legislature are considering changes to a law this week that would make it ...

Hunting South Korea's high-tech peeping Toms

Oct 18, 2016

Hunting South Korea's high-tech peeping Toms

Walking into an empty women’s bathroom stall, Park Kwang-mi waves a handheld detector around the toilet seat, paper roll holder, doorknob and even the ventilation grill on the ceiling. “It’s my job to make sure there’s no camera to film women while they relieve ...

Sep 20, 2016

India launches first internet hotline to tackle surge in child porn

India on Monday launched its first internet hotline to encourage people to report online child pornography and curb a surge in photographs and videos on the internet showing children being sexually exploited, the founders of the initiative said. Siddharth Pillai, co-director of Indian anti-trafficking ...