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The country training people to leave

<b>The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia - but there aren't enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad.</b><p>When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under …

Why a country's average height is a good way of measuring its development

Nations that are taller tend to be wealthier and in better health. Find out why else the OECD use it as an indicator of a country’s well-being<p>Humans were taller in almost every part of the world at the end of the 1980s than they were at the start of the 20th century.

This is what 20 years of gender equality progress looks like

The world is a far less hostile place for many girls born today.<p>In the past two decades, a girl's chances of receiving an education, enjoying a …

World Cup leaves Brazil with bus depots and empty stadiums

<b>Since exiting their own World Cup in unforgettably humiliating fashion, hammered 7-1 by eventual champions Germany, Brazil have recovered a degree of self-esteem with seven successive victories, most recently a 3-1 win over France on Thursday.</b><p>The team have a new coach and appear to have moved on, a …

Easing of China’s one-child policy has not produced a baby-boom

When China declared it was relaxing its one-child policy in late 2013, marketing director Kang Lu talked to her husband about whether they wanted a second baby. “But given our current circumstances, we quickly abandoned the idea,” she said. “It wasn’t a tough decision.”<p>They weren’t alone. So far, a …

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