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US ships during an underway replenishment in the Philippine Sea. January 19, 2023.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson via ABACAPRESS.COM via Reuters Connect

Hard Numbers: US camps in Philippines, Malaysia may nix death penalty, Bulgaria’s close vote, Burkina Faso vs. journalists, hungry as a bear in Japan

4: On Monday, the Philippine government confirmed the location of four new military camps that will indefinitely host rotating US forces, despite China’s opposition. The new encampments, which were announced last February, place US forces closer to Taiwan and key trade routes in the South China Sea, where China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

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A map showing countries in Africa and Asia that criminalize same-sex acts, by degree of punishment.

Paige Fusco

The Graphic Truth: Criminalizing LGBTQ love

Last week, Uganda’s parliament passed legislation that criminalizes identifying as LGBTQ, which puts individuals at risk of life imprisonment, or in some cases, even death. Similarly, draconian legislation over identifying as LGBTQ is under consideration in Ghana, and VP Kamala Harris’s visit to Zambia this week – for a summit celebrating democracy – is stoking anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. As of 2023, many parts of the world are still unsafe for the LGBTQ community, as same-sex acts are deemed illegal in 65 countries, from Latin America to Oceania. The death penalty is a possibility in 11 countries worldwide. We look at the range of penalties in Africa and Asia, the two continents with the highest number of countries criminalizing same-sex acts.

Five sentenced to death in Bangladesh for gang rape

October 15, 2020 11:30 PM

It was the first conviction since the government this week introduced the death penalty for rape.

Kindergarten teacher in China sentenced to death for poisoning kids

September 30, 2020 5:00 AM

BEIJING • A kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning dozens of children in an act of revenge against a colleague that left one toddler dead.

China teacher handed death sentence for poisoning children

September 29, 2020 3:31 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning dozens of children in an act of revenge against a colleague that left one toddler dead.

US man to face death penalty trial in Vietnam over attempt to overthrow the state

June 11, 2019 11:57 AM

HANOI (AFP) - A Vietnamese-American man charged with "attempting to overthrow the state" will go on trial in Ho Chi Minh City on June 24, his family said, and could face the death penalty if found guilty.

2 maids on Saudi death row return to Jakarta

April 25, 2019 5:00 AM

JAKARTA • Two Indonesian domestic workers sentenced to death for practising witchcraft against their employers' families in Saudi Arabia returned home yesterday after their sentences were commuted, Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said.

Ahead of LGBT+ crackdown, fleeing Bruneians fear for friends back home

April 02, 2019 4:30 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - As a transgender woman growing up in Brunei, Zoe saw the country's slide towards conservatism from an early age, so plans to introduce strict new Islamic laws this week came as no surprise.

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