Top Indonesia court rejects attempt to criminalize gay sex

Indonesia LGBT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s top court on Thursday ruled against petitioners seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal in a victory for the country’s besieged LGBT minority. The 5-to-4 decision by the nine-judge panel of the Constitutional Court rejected the arguments of a...


UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have 'courage' to push Assad

Switzerland Syria Talks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution. Staffan de Mistura also told a TV interviewer that the Russian leader should “convince the (Syrian) government that...


Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

BANGKOK (AP) — International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces. The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement made available...


Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

Israel Palestinians Jerusalem Two Cities

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of...


UN chief says sanctions key to denuclearize North Korea

Japan UN

TOKYO (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that unified efforts to fully implement sanctions on North Korea are key to resolve the country’s growing missile and nuclear threat. Guterres, who met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, also said that North...


As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Unclear Legacy

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in...


South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

BEIJING (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in was due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Thursday on a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system. The two leaders were to preside over a document signing ceremony following...


Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

Paraguay LGBT Discrimination

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America. “I’ve felt hate for not being heterosexual,” said Sepulveda, 32,...


Reuters demands Myanmar release its 2 journalists

Myanmar Journalists Arrested

BANGKOK (AP) — Reuters news agency called on Myanmar to immediately release its two journalists who were arrested for possessing “important secret papers” obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where violence widely blamed on security forces has forced more than 625,000...


Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing as evictions draw fury

China Fire Deaths

BEIJING (AP) — Five people died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor. Local media reported that the residents of Chaoyang district died before dawn Wednesday after electric bike...

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