The Latest: Pope commits Church to work with Thai Buddhists

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand and Japan (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to working more...

Pope Francis calls for action to safeguard women, children

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis has called for migrants to be welcomed and for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of activities in Thai...

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Monday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, part of a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak a...

Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who broug...

52, including 36 foreigners, arrested in raid on Taipei brothel

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 50 people were arrested in a raid on a Taipei brothel on Thursday (Oct. 24), including dozens of foreign nationals from China, Thailand, and Vietnam, some of whom had...

Last legal brothel in Yilan, Taiwan closes doors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The last legal brothel in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County has closed its doors after its owner died and the police revoked its license. Pine Moon House (松月屋), which i...

Australia launches $55M anti-trafficking effort for ASEAN

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia has launched a new 80 million Australian dollars ($55 million) program to help Southeast Asian nations combat human trafficking in the region, which is both a source and desti...

Hawaii law on prostitution convictions is 1st in nation

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased. Le...

Review: A vile conspiracy is taken down in novel 'Big Sky'

"Big Sky," by Kate Atkinson (Little Brown) Former soldier and policeman Jackson Brodie, who last appeared nine years ago in "Started Early, Took My Dog," makes his long-anticipated r...

China among worst human trafficking offenders: 2019 TIP Report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China joins a number of countries designated as the worst human trafficking offenders, according to the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the U.S. State...

Detroit hurries to board vacant houses after serial slayings

DETROIT (AP) — Stanley Allen mowed the lawn at a vacant house next to his Detroit home as teams of police and city workers scoured nearby empty houses as part of an investigation into a suspected seri...

The Latest: Detroit police seek person of interest in deaths

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on a possible serial killer in Detroit (all times local): 5:53 p.m. Detroit's police chief has identified a person of interest in the poss...

Detroit boarding up vacant homes amid possible serial killer

DETROIT (AP) — Police concerned that a possible serial killer is on the loose in Detroit began inspecting hundreds of vacant homes Friday for more victims, two days after the decomposed body of a thir...

Detroit police seek 'serial murderer' in deaths of 3 women

DETROIT (AP) — Police in Detroit say the killings of three women since March could be the work of a "serial murderer and rapist." Chief James Craig says the homicides appear to be co...

China: Thousands of North Korean women forced into prostitution: report

A report published by the Korea Future Initiative, a London-based NGO, reveals that thousands of North Korean women and girls are being subjected to forced marriage and prostitution in China. The rep...