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Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Dec 29, 2014

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the Sharia police would raid them at any moment. Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh ...

Dec 24, 2014

India's birth rate shrinks

India’s birth rate declined dramatically in the last two decades due in part to rising female literacy, a new study shows, but experts warned against complacency in the country of 1.2 billion. The total fertility rate, or the number of children the average woman ...

Dec 21, 2014

Plaintiff wins China gay conversion case

A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy. Lawyer Li Duilong said the ...

Dec 21, 2014

Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China

A leading Chinese sexologist’s revelation that she has been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about the country’s largely invisible and marginalized transgender community. Li Yinhe made the relationship public Thursday on her blog, which was ...

Dec 16, 2014

China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy. “There is no happier way for a person to live on this earth,” he declared, ...

Video of women fighting off harassers shocks India

Dec 2, 2014

Video of women fighting off harassers shocks India

A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment daily. The video, filmed by a passenger ...

Nov 30, 2014

Philippines seeks to block Ashley Madison adultery website

The Philippine justice secretary said Sunday she is seeking to block extramarital dating site Ashley Madison in the country — under charges it facilitates crime. “The website is a platform that allows illegal acts to be eventually committed. A ban may be enforced,” Secretary ...