New media group formed in HK
HONG KONG • Two of Hong Kong's pro-Beijing newspapers have joined hands to form a new media group, reported Ming Pao Daily News yesterday.
State-owned Chinese-language sister dailies Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po will continue to "publish separately with different positions", according to reports carried in the two publications. The newly formed Hong Kong Ta Kung Wen Wei Media Group described the union as part of "active transformation" and "self-renewal" efforts.
Japan denies WWII sex slavery
TOKYO • Japan has told a United Nations committee it has found no evidence its World War II government and military forcibly rounded up women to be sex slaves, the latest pronouncement in a corrosive row over interpretations of history.
The confirmation yesterday, ahead of a conference on women later this month, is likely to renew anger among the dwindling number of surviving former "comfort women", who say the country has never taken full responsibility for what it did in wartime.
India to review gay sex law
NEW DELHI • India's top court has agreed to review a law outlawing gay sex.
The Supreme Court's three most senior judges yesterday accepted a challenge against a 2013 re-imposition of the ban stipulated in India's colonial-era criminal code, which enables the jailing of homosexuals. The decision is the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle between India's social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by British colonial rulers in the 1860s.