ASIA NEWS BITES: Facebook Mulls Thai Censorship; Dramatic US Escape for Chinese Family; Korea Goes to the Polls

ASIA NEWS BITES: Facebook Mulls Thai Censorship; Dramatic US Escape for Chinese Family; Korea Goes to the Polls
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What you need to know

A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.


Facebook has agreed to continue to consider the Thai government's requests to restrict local access to content on its site found to be in violation of the country's laws. - Bangkok Post


U.S. diplomats help Chinese lawyer’s family stage dramatic escape. - The Washington Post

As long as Taiwan refuses to accept the so-called “1992 consensus,” there can be no basis for its participation in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), a senior Chinese official said yesterday, as Taiwan continued its efforts to be allowed to participate as an observer. -The Taipei Times


The Ministry of Health and Welfare said that Taiwan had not received an invitation to attend the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) as of yesterday evening — a few hours before the online registration period ended, but said that the government would persist in its efforts to secure one.- The Taipei Times

As the wife of a Taiwanese man detained in China travels to the U.S. and Europe to lobby the international community for support, a prominent U.S. human rights lawyer sees several reasons for optimism as to why Trump may not be so bad on human rights after all. - The News Lens

Hong Kong:

Four musicians from the UK and US have given recorded statements at the Immigration Department after they were arrested on Sunday night for playing at independent music venue Hidden Agenda without a work visa. - Hong Kong Free Press


Police in western China’s Sichuan province have detained a Tibetan monk suspected of spreading news about recent self-immolation protests to outside contacts, a Tibetan source says.- Radio Free Asia


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering sending a letter asking the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump not to depart from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, a government source said Monday. - The Japan Times

South Korea:

In a record voter tunrout, over a quarter of eligible voters cast ballots during the two-day early voting for the May 9 presidential election. - The Korea Times

Poverty seems to become a real threat for some Koreans, especially the very young and very old. Presidential candidates have gotten wind of this and have released pledges to deal with poverty in those age groups ahead of the presidential election today. - The Korea Times


Church accused of 'simplifying' Philippines drug problem. - Union of Catholic Asian News


Indonesia’s top security minister said that the government will move to disband a hard-line Islamist group that is seeking to establish a transnational caliphate, as the world’s largest Muslim-majority country struggles to contain growing religious divisions. - The Wall Street Journal


When the Ministry of Culture banned actor Denny Kwan on April 25 from appearing in movies for a year for wearing revealing clothing, the decision drew fire what many felt were its sexist overtones. It also called attention to the ministry’s code of ethics, a February 23 document that dictates what behavior is acceptable for artists. - The Phnom Penh Post


After three decades of growth in the novitiates of both male and female religious congregations in Vietnam, the number of young people attracted to consecrated life has dropped. - La- Croix International