The State Department criticizes crackdowns on religious freedoms
Muslims are confronting a growing backlash in the West, a new report finds.
People in Thailand are going to jail for Facebook comments
Insulting the royals on social media is a crime in Thailand, and opponents of the regime say the military junta is using the law to suppress the opposition.
Afghan civilian casualties hit all-time high
Nearly 15 years after the American invasion, more civilians than ever are being killed and injured in the conflict involving foreign troops, the Afghan government, the Taliban, and now Islamic State militants.
asia & pacific
The Chinese government has banned news operations by internet companies
Chinese internet giants like Sina won't be able to produce news autonomously anymore, in a move that tightens government controls on the media.
Republican voters changed their mind on legal pot: now they're for it
For the first time, people who vote conservative in the US are in favor of legalizing marijuana.
A woman in India was gang-raped by the same people twice
Three years after surviving a gang rape, a 21-year old student was raped again by the same five men, according to reports in Indian media.