Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country's tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
The Philippines has around one and a half million licensed gun owners. It also has a high rate of violent crime compared to its neighbors in Southeast Asia. Jason Strother reports from Manila on the country's debate over firearms and their link to crime.
Pope Francis is on his first visit to the Philippines, and outreach with the country's Muslims is high on his agenda. At a time when the terrorist attacks in Paris have highlighted divisions between some Islamic and secular values, the Pope is trying to promote peace through dialogue. Jason Strother has the story from Manila.
South Koreans are paying more attention to water safety since the deadly sinking of the Sewol ferry earlier this year. About 300 passengers, mostly high school children, died when the boat capsized. Some advocates now want kids to know how to swim more safely and save lives. From the city of Goyang, just outside of Seoul, Jason Strother reports for VOA.
More than half a million South Korean high school seniors take the university entrance exam this week, a test whose succesful completion is considered by many the first step toward what determines an individual's success in life. But some experts say the standardized multiple-choice exam does more harm than good. Jason Strother has more from Seoul.