A model present a wedding gown during  a show by the M&Y Wedding Design in Beijing, April 23, 2011. (AP Photo)

China anti-gay stigma leads to marital deception

"The app showed that there was a gay man 10 centimeters from me a half an hour ago. That is how I confirmed that my ex-husband is truly gay." Li did not know that her marriage was based on a...
Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev, left, and  Russian President Vladimir Putin, walk in front of a portrait of former Uzbek President Islam Karimov, as  Karimov's daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and widow Tatyana Karomova walk at a cemetery in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Sept. 6, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Uzbekistan after Karimov

Repression is legacy of 25-year rule In a country with no independent media, the airwaves are dominated by upbeat government propaganda. So when Uzbekistan's state media announced the former Soviet republic's...
Human rights activists light candles for the victims of extra-judicial killings around the country in the wake of "War on Drugs" campaign by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines,  Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Philippines press leader speaks out on bloodshed

"Most of those who've been killed so far in the drug war come from the very same social strata to whom  appealed most... the poor." Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't like criticism. Since...
Zhang Ping

Project Exile: Chinese dissident forced from family

"I will never give in. I cut contact with my family because I love them." On March 19, the exiled Chinese journalist Zhang Ping wrote an article for the website of Deutsche Welle criticizing the detention of...
In this Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Photo essay: slavery in the Thai fishing industry

How an AP photographer captured labor abuses in Southeast Asia Most people don't think of slavery as a 21st century problem. But between 2013 and 2015, a group of Associated Press reporters conducted a...