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World 23 May 2017 | 2:42 PM

Two men publicly caned in Indonesia for having gay sex

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Religious police in Indonesia caned two men for gay sex on Tuesday, with hooded men inflicting 82 lashes on each of them as hundreds of people watched the punishment ordered by an Islamic court.

World 23 May 2017 | 2:37 PM

Myanmar army rejects U.N. findings of abuses in Rohingya crackdown

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's army on Tuesday rejected allegations of human rights abuses during its crackdown on Rohingya Muslim last year, made by the United Nations in a report on the offensive that forced some 75,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

World 23 May 2017 | 1:29 PM

U.S. starts 'extreme vetting' at Australia's offshore detention centres

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun "extreme vetting" interviews at Australia's offshore detention centres, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honours a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called "a dumb deal".

World 23 May 2017 | 12:56 PM

Thailand reassures foreigners following Bangkok hospital attack

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's foreign ministry on Tuesday reassured the international community that the country would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital Bangkok wounding 24 people.

AseanPlus News 23 May 2017 | 8:53 AM

Indonesian men to be caned for gay sex

BANDA ACEH: Two Indonesian men will Tuesday be publicly caned for having sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there are concerns over mounting hostility towards the small gay community.

AseanPlus News 23 May 2017 | 6:12 AM

Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’ facing prolonged trauma

SYDNEY: Aborigines belonging to Australia’s so-called “Stolen Generations” Tuesday accused the government of prolonging their suffering by failing to implement recommendations from a landmark report 20 years ago that investigated the forced removal from their families.

Indonesia 23 May 2017 | 3:46 AM

Indonesian men caned for gay sex before jeering crowd

BANDA ACEH: Two Indonesian men were caned Tuesday in front of a jeering crowd as a punishment for gay sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there is mounting hostility towards the small LGBT community.

World 23 May 2017 | 1:35 AM

Belarus backsliding badly on human rights - U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Belarus government has returned to a policy of large-scale repression, causing a dramatic deterioration in human rights, according to a report published on Monday for submission to next month's session of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

World 22 May 2017 | 5:54 PM

Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on contentious bill

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Monday protested against a letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from a U.N. independent expert raising concerns that planned legislation targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other crimes could allow police to trample civil liberties.

World 22 May 2017 | 5:12 PM

Thailand extends web controls from composers of illicit content to viewers

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities are targeting not only those who post or share material considered insulting to the monarchy, but even those who look at it, police said on Monday, in an escalation in how Thailand deals with critics of the royal family.