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US: Burma legislation on birth control ‘dangerous’

By Wed, May 20, 2015 1:03PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says legislation on population control approved by Burma’s parliament is dangerous and could undermine the democratic hopes of minority groups. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke voiced deep concern Tuesday over the bill. He said it could provide a legal basis for discrimination through coercive and

North Korea snubs UN chief, cancels visit

By Wed, May 20, 2015 10:16AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says North Korea has withdrawn its decision to let him visit a factory park in the country.

Thai junta allows constitution referendum, delays elections even further

By Wed, May 20, 2015 10:00AM UTC

The issue of whether or not letting the Thai people decide on the draft for the country’s 20th constitution has resulted in some clearly drawn battles lines among Thailand’s governing bodies.

Thailand’s government to hold referendum on constitution

By Tue, May 19, 2015 5:15PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta leader and prime minister says the government has agreed to hold a public referendum on the newly drafted constitution, indicating that the decision could delay a general election.

China teacher given permission to have child, then ordered to abort

By Tue, May 19, 2015 4:58PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A schoolteacher who gained permission to have an additional child in one city has been ordered to have an abortion because the province where she is teaching has different rules.