Poorly paid Indian tea workers and their destitute families are a major source for human traffickers who lure away mainly women and children with promises of a new life but who end up enslaved in factories and households, human rights organisations say.
The deaths of two unarmed men caused by US police have caused volatile protests and national soul-searching in America, and global conversations online.
New Indonesian President Joko Widodo appears to have dashed the hopes of human rights activists by endorsing the execution by firing squad of five prisoners on death row.
Three women have joined a growing chorus of accusers who claim Bill Cosby raped them.
The Thai military’s toppling of an elected government in May risks provoking violence, the International Crisis Group warns.
The world remains on course for a record hot year in 2014 with the potential for more heat extremes to come as greenhouse gases continue to climb, the World Meteorological Organisation told UN climate talks in Peru.
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For the first time since Apollo 17 returned from the moon in 1972, NASA is on Thursday scheduled on to send an astronaut capsule beyond low Earth orbit.
After almost five months in custody, two teachers at the prestigious international school in Jakarta have finally been charged with multiple counts of anal rape against three former students.
Critics say that under no circumstances should Cambodia send Christian Montagnards back to Vietnam.