South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

Mar 31, 2016

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld laws that toughened punishment on prostitutes, pimps and their clients. The 2004 legislation drove thousands of sex workers in traditional red-light zones out of business in South Korea, but prostitution has still thrived in the shadows. Sex ...

Vietnam elects first chairwoman of parliament

Mar 31, 2016

Vietnam elects first chairwoman of parliament

Vietnam’s parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as its chairwoman, making her the first woman to lead the Communist-dominated legislature. Ngan, 61, won 95.5 percent of the votes, the National Assembly said on its website. State media reported that Ngan took the ...

Mar 31, 2016

New abortion drug label could undo several U.S. state laws

A federal agency approved a new label for a common abortion-inducing drug that will undermine restrictions on medication abortions passed by several states, allowing women to take the drug later in a pregnancy and with fewer required office visits. The Food and Drug Administration ...

LDP, Komeito vow to tackle day care waiting lists

Mar 25, 2016

LDP, Komeito vow to tackle day care waiting lists

The government and the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition plan to compile early next week a package of emergency steps aimed at reducing the number of children on day care center waiting lists. The dearth of day care places for children has emerged as ...

Mar 22, 2016

South Korea registers first case of Zika virus

South Korea on Tuesday reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues. A 43-year-old man who recently returned from Brazil was diagnosed with the virus after suffering fever, muscle ...

Obama to nominate first woman to head U.S. combatant command

Mar 19, 2016

Obama to nominate first woman to head U.S. combatant command

President Barack Obama will nominate the first woman to head a U.S. military combatant command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday, a major milestone in a department that this year opened all combat jobs to women. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson is being nominated ...