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WHO’s Asia chief put on leave after racism, abuse allegations

  • Dr. Kasai Takeshi, director of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office, has reportedly been placed on indefinite leave.
  • The news comes months after more than 30 current and former staffers accused the Japanese official of abusive and racist behavior. 
  • Kasai was also accused of sharing data with his home country to help it plan its vaccine donations for political advantage.
  • He will be temporarily replaced by Deputy Director-General Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Dr. Kasai Takeshi, director of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office, was reportedly placed on indefinite leave months after facing allegations of abusive and racist behavior.

More than 30 current and former employees filed an internal complaint in January accusing the Japanese official of creating a “toxic atmosphere,” which allegedly compromised the office’s response to COVID-19 in the region. The news, which was first reported by the Associated Press, prompted an internal investigation announced by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself.

Woman in Thailand fatally shoots boyfriend in front of a monk

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  • A 40-year-old woman identified as Tharinya fatally shot her allegedly abusive boyfriend four times while he was offering food to a monk in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, on Aug. 8.
  • Local police arrested Tharinya at the scene and confiscated a 9-millimeter CZ pistol, according to reports.
  • Tharinya claimed that her boyfriend, Supornchai, had been physically abusing and bullying her, which prompted her to shoot him.
  • She also reportedly confessed that she planned on killing herself with the same gun before a witness disarmed her.
  • Police have yet to charge Tharinya, but she faces possible imprisonment for 15 to 20 years or the death sentence.

Warning: The video contained in this article shows a fatal shooting and may be disturbing to some.

A Thai woman murdered her allegedly abusive boyfriend as he was offering alms to a monk in Thailand.

LA director of photography under fire for alleged abuse, harassment

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  • Los Angeles-based director, producer and cinematographer Alan Dang has come under fire for his alleged pattern of abusive and manipulative behaviors.
  • Singer-songwriter and actor Megan Lee first exposed Dang’s actions on March 12, accusing him of disrespecting her boundaries and attempting to sabotage her relationship with her boyfriend.
  • Actor and TikTok influencer Shuang Hu also came forward to accuse Dang of crossing boundaries and fabricating stories.
  • A third individual who claimed to have known Dang personally “for years” corroborated the accounts of his alleged behavior and pointed out that he has never acknowledged his mistakes.
  • Dang has yet to publicly respond to the allegations.

A Los Angeles-based director, producer and cinematographer is in hot water, as allegations about his “abusive” and “manipulative” behavior were shared to social media last week.

Alan “Airbender” Dang describes himself as having an “acute eye for detail who specializes in collaborations with clients to bring their visions to life.” He is currently a free agent as per his LinkedIn profile.

Growing public outrage over video of chained woman in shed leads to investigation by Chinese authorities

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  • In late January, a video of a Chinese woman with mental illness chained and locked inside a doorless shed by her husband went viral.
  • The video was taken by a Chinese vlogger who visited the Huankou village and found the woman in harrowing conditions.
  • The mother of eight was seen only wearing a light sweater in the cold, winter weather and had a chain around her neck.
  • Since the post went viral, public concerns were raised over the woman’s well-being, and many reported the video to authorities to initiate an investigation against the husband.
  • Chinese authorities began an investigation into the case and have denied rumors that the woman was kidnapped. 

Following public concern and requests for an investigation, Chinese authorities are investigating the case of a mother of eight who was seen in a viral video with a chain around her neck and left in a doorless shed by her husband. 

The video of the woman, surnamed Yang, was uploaded by a Chinese vlogger to Douyin in late January and shows the mother of eight chained and left alone inside a doorless shed in cold winter temperatures. 

Video of a Chinese mother of 8 left chained in the winter cold sparks online outrage

  • Yang, a mentally ill mother of eight children who was chained around the neck and left in a doorless shed outside during the cold winter in Huankou village, was discovered by a Chinese vlogger.
  • The vlogger’s video has since gone viral and sparked online outrage and public discussions among netizens in China regarding abuse and trafficking of women, prompting action from local authorities.
  • Yang was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been taken to a hospital for treatment. Her children were taken into state care, and her husband is currently being investigated.
  • Amidst continuous online outrage in response to the incident, authorities have removed posts discussing human trafficking and censored the topic phrase "Xuzhou Eight Children.”

A video of a Chinese mother of eight chained around the neck in a small village hut sparked online outrage and discussion on human trafficking and women’s rights in rural China.

The video footage went viral on Douyin after a vlogger visited Huankou village in Feng County in the eastern Jiangsu province and was shocked by the living conditions of the woman, identified as Yang, reported BBC

North Carolina man given record prison sentence for livestreaming sex abuse of Filipino children

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  • Jake Ross, a 47-year-old man from North Carolina, received the longest sentence given in a child pornography case by the federal court for paying a mother to sexually abuse her children in the Philippines while he watched it live through videochat.
  • He was also given a lifetime of court supervision.
  • The Philippines was described as “the global epicentre of the live-stream sexual abuse trade” by UNICEF in 2016.

A man from North Carolina, Jake Ross, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for paying a mother in the Philippines to sexually abuse her children over livestream.

The 47-year-old man from McDowell County received the longest sentence ever given in a child pornography case by the federal courts in the Asheville division of the Western District of North Carolina, reported the Charlotte Observer

NJ Non-Profit Exec Allegedly Coerces Intern Into More Work by Threatening to Not Pay Her

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The executive director of the non-profit Camden County Historical Society (CCHS) was recently blasted on social media for allegedly trying to intimidate an intern to do work well beyond her scope.

An intern wronged: A public Facebook post by user Nhu Tran shared how a “CS major interning at a nonprofit organization,” who Tran called “Helen” for safety, was being bullied by her boss at work.

Family of California Man Jailed for 23 Years Pleads for Parole After Alleged Abuse From Guards

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Loved ones of a 41-year-old man incarcerated since his teens are appealing to California Governor Gavin Newsom for parole due to alleged threats over his health and life.

Searching for justice: Jeenha Huh started a petition on to bring attention to her brother, John Huh, who was jailed for a non-violent crime when he was 18 years old.

Newborn Baby Suffers Severe Injuries After Mother Allegedly Throws Her Off Building a Second Time

A 4-month-old baby has suffered severe injuries after her mother allegedly threw her off their fifth-floor building apartment in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China.

What happened: The baby was first thrown out of their fifth-floor apartment building shortly after she was born, according to The Beijing News via Shine. The family’s neighbor saved her when it first happened.

Police Suspect Foul Play After Missouri Man Fails to Report Wife Missing for 36 Hours

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When 28-year-old Mengqi Ji Elledge disappeared nearly three weeks ago, her husband, Joseph Elledge, did not tell anyone about it for more than 24 hours.

It also took him a day and a half before he even filed a missing report to the local police, according to the Associated PressDays after authorities announced that foul play was suspected in his wife’s disappearance, the 23-year-old University of Missouri student was charged with abuse or neglect of a child.