Pannalal, a 33-year-old construction worker in India, holds a photo of his missing eight-year-old daughter while his wife Sheela weeps. (Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters)

Indian parents cling to hope for missing kids

"They are just hoping to find their children's bodies at the very least..." Mansi Thapliyal (courtesy) It's hard to find something positive in the pain of a parent whose child has been abducted. Yet...
Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in 2012 are sent back to sea.

Shining a light on Rohingya refugees

"It is probably the worst kind of habitat a human can live in." When she was 11, Hasina Begum was shot in the back. She had found herself in the crossfire between Rohingya protesters and the police force at...
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...