Ashley Westerman

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Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling 2 Lines Of Skin-Lightening Products Popular In Asia

Monday, June 22, 2020

The company says it didn't intend to suggest that fairness or white was "better than your own unique skin tone." Other major companies have announced changes to advertising tactics seen as racist.


Rashad Turner Had Wanted To Be A Cop. He Founded A Black Lives Matter Chapter Instead

Friday, June 05, 2020

The St. Paul, Minn., native trained to be a police officer — because he wanted to help. To him, the cops were the good guys. But what once felt like a calling to wear a badge ended long ago.


For One Immigrant Community, George Floyd's Death Isn't Just About Black And White

Thursday, June 04, 2020

George Floyd's death isn't just a story about a black man and the white cop charged with his murder. Among Asian Americans, the involvement of Hmong officer Tou Thao is stirring a racial debate.


How A Mother Protects Her Black Teenage Son From The World

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Minnesota state Rep. Ruth Richardson doesn't want her teenage son, Shawn, a track athlete, to go running outside. "You can't do the same things that your white friends do," she remembers telling him.


A Kentucky County High School Honors Class Of 2020 With A Drive-Through Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Webster County High School officials couldn't hold the big annual graduation event in the gym this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic — so the idea for a drive-through graduation was born.


With 19 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths, Laos To Loosen Lockdown

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Starting Monday, the Southeast Asian country will open some schools and more businesses. It will also allow its citizens to travel domestically.


Bangladesh Sends 28 Rohingya Refugees To Cyclone-Prone Island Over COVID-19 Fears

Monday, May 04, 2020

The group, mostly women and children, had been stranded at sea for weeks. Human rights groups have long decried the government's plan to send refugees to flood- and cyclone-prone Bhasan Char island.


Indonesia Now Has The Most Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Southeast Asia

Friday, April 17, 2020

Health experts say low rates of testing and refusal to enact strict lockdowns have allowed the virus to infiltrate all 34 provinces of the archipelago nation.


'We'd Have To Abandon Our Daughters': Pandemic Delays International Adoptions

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Americans overseas trying to complete international adoptions have urged the government to expedite their children's visas so they can return as a family.


Small, Far-Flung Pacific Islands Are Combating COVID-19 Just Like The Rest Of Us

Saturday, March 28, 2020

As many island nations attempt to keep the coronavirus out, they also risk getting cut off from the outside world their economies depend on.


How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Parents and caretakers of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism face unique hurtles in communicating about the coronavirus pandemic.


As Caucus Day Nears, Iowa Voters Guided By Big Health Care Changes

Friday, January 31, 2020

Health care has consistently polled as the No. 1 issue for Iowa voters. As they prepare to caucus, voters weigh which candidate to support and what health care should look like in the future.


Monsoon Rains Hit Indonesia Causing Massive Flooding In Jakarta

Monday, January 06, 2020

Flooding in Indonesia's capital Jakarta has killed at least 60 people and displaced thousands. For now, the rain has let up and people are starting to return home. But more heavy rain is expected.


Trying To Form The World's Newest Country, Bougainville Has A Road Ahead

Monday, December 30, 2019

After voting overwhelmingly for independence, the South Pacific island group now has to negotiate its separation with Papua New Guinea's government.


Some Pacific Island Nations Are Turning To China. Climate Change Is A Factor

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Solomon Islands and Kiribati recently established ties with China. Economic considerations are a key driver, but both nations also cite concerns about climate change as a reason for the decision.


Cambodian Opposition Leaders Say Their Efforts To Return Have Been Thwarted

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sam Rainsy of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party was barred from boarding a plane from Paris to Thailand. His deputy was detained in Malaysia. Both risk arrest if they enter Cambodia.


What The Ouster Of The Royal Consort May Say About Where Thailand Is Heading

Friday, October 25, 2019

Some experts suggest King Maha Vajiralongkorn's firing of his consort may be an additional power move by a monarch who has worked to amass personal authority since he succeeded his father in 2016.


How Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Became A Target In Ukraine

Friday, October 11, 2019

Marie Louise Yovanovitch was recalled after being targeted in a political campaign that's now a subject of a federal indictment. How did she make enemies in President Trump's world?


'We Need Support': Pacific Islands Seek Help And Unity To Fight Climate Change

Saturday, October 05, 2019

They are urging the international community for more resources to help manage climate change and calling for larger countries to cut their carbon emissions.


'Fake News' Law Goes Into Effect In Singapore, Worrying Free Speech Advocates

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The law allows the government to determine what constitutes false information and stipulates hefty fines and jail sentences for people and media companies that violate it.