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Welcome to Yiwu: China's testing ground for a multicultural city

Unlike Guangzhou’s African community – who have faced prejudice and hostility – Yiwu’s foreign residents enjoy an ‘unusual freedom of worship’, with the municipal government even consulting international traders on city business<p>点击这里,阅读本文中文版<p>After dark on Exotic Street in China’s eastern city of …

China

Pollution-fighting Vertical Forest buildings coming to China

Two living, breathing buildings will be able to produce around 130 pounds of clean oxygen a day.<p>China has pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers.<p>The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a …

Career women battle Japan's 'salaryman' culture

A lot of Japanese women know exactly how their careers will end before they've even begun.<p>Two paths are open to new hires at many big Japanese firms: the career and non-career tracks -- <i>sogo-shoku</i> and <i>ippan-shoku</i> in Japanese. They're often referred to as the "management" and "mommy" tracks.<p>That's …

CNN

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation

Change in law means consent for organs to be removed is presumed unless person joins official ‘refusal register’<p>France has reversed its policy on organ donations so that all people could become donors on their death unless they join an official register to opt out.<p>The new law presumes consent for …

Programme lauded for helping special-needs children improve skills

Knife Attacker Wanted to Rid Japan of the Disabled, Authorities Say

LGBTQI

From fruits to a manicurist, have everything at your doorstep

Myanmar Buddhists ransack mosque as religious violence flares

America's gun problem is so much bigger than mass shootings

US politicians often cite Australia as providing a model of impactful reform. Here’s why such blueprints likely won’t work to combat gun violence in the US<p>A disturbed man with an AR-15-style rifle walked through a popular historic site in 1996, shooting up the cafe and gift shop. He left 35 people …

Coding classes are the new enrichment lessons

A nudge for S’poreans to counter racial prejudice

Safeguards for minority representation in the Elected Presidency EP will not impede Singapores vision of being a society where race has no bearing on …

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Two new wards at IMH for patients with mood disorders, early psychosis

LGBTQ Americans have won many victories. That can't make us complacent

Hard-won liberties will be eroded if we disregard acts of intolerance. The Orlando shootings are a massive red flag<p>So much has gotten better for LGBTQ people in the last few years. We won marriage. We saw gays accepted in the military, and the recent appointment of an openly gay secretary of the …

Stem cell therapy gives hope to MS patients

High-risk transplant treatment which ‘reboots immune system’ allows some with multiple sclerosis to recover mobility<p>A radical and risky stem cell therapy has been shown to halt and even reverse some of the symptoms of those worst affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease that in many people has …

Young entrepreneurs setting up shop in HDB heartland

Walk into any HDB mom-and-pop shop and chances are there will be an elderly uncle or auntie behind the counter.<p>The heartland enterprise scene is …

Entrepreneurship

War on diabetes: Sugar tax a sweet idea

I was sitting in a cafe recently, enjoying my sugar-loaded breakfast of Danish pastries and a chai latte, when I read that the Ministry of Health has …

Diabetes

'Your son has special needs? So do my dogs'

Many people know that MP Denise Phua (Jalan Besar GRC) has a son with autism, a lifelong developmental disability that affects a person's ability to …

North Carolina governor backs down -- a bit -- on state's controversial LGBT law

Conventions have been canceled, rock concerts scrubbed, and corporations have yanked their business from North Carolina to protest a state law that critics say discriminates against gay, lesbian and transgender people.<p>Even the porn site xHamster.com is confronting users with a question: "Do you …

LGBTQ

Exclusive: Most Americans support torture against terror suspects - Reuters/Ipsos poll

(Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common.<p>The poll reflects a U.S. public on …

North Africa

Gruesome adverts capture our attention, but do they have any effect?

A new Thai advert warning of the dangers of sugar will stick in the memory of viewers. Whether it changes their behaviour is a different matter<p>Bad news, I’m afraid. If you eat too much sugar, abscesses will appear in your feet, your flesh will turn into sponge cake, and your blood will become lumpy …

Slashing aid to emerging economies undercuts HIV fight, activists warn

Withdrawing support when countries graduate from low- to middle-income status could undermine sustainable development goals, say campaigners<p>The abrupt withdrawal of international aid money from countries that graduate to middle-income status is hindering the fight against HIV and Aids, leaving …

Robert De Niro pulls Vaxxed from Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro has made a u-turn and withdrawn Vaxxed, the controversial film about the MMR vaccine from his Tribeca Film Festival.<p>The 72-year-old actor had apparently consulted the "scientific community" and said: "We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped …

Not all dorms are spick and span

Rats in bedrooms, dirty cooking areas, toilets which do not flush - a small number of purpose-built living facilities for foreign workers here are …

Environmental Health

More educated Asians are coming to America

In 37 states, a country other than Mexico is now the most common country of origin for newly arrived immigrants, according to a <i>Stateline</i> analysis of census data.<p>The numbers reflect a steep decline in Mexican immigration since 2005 and point to a swift and dramatic shift toward Asia — especially …

As Donald Trump targets women, Republicans say he could cost the party everything

Christine Matthews, a longtime Republican strategist whose work focuses on convincing other women to vote Republican, felt good about her party's …

Flashdrives for freedom? 20,000 USBs to be smuggled into North Korea

Forget sanctions – campaigners say exposing residents to western TV is a powerful way to undermine the regime<p>Smuggling 20,000 USB sticks loaded with the latest Hollywood films might seem like an unlikely way to try to overthrow the North Korean regime – but that’s exactly what Flashdrives for …

Families in developing nations are paying more than half their income for water

Water is supposed to fill many needs for many people, but to do that adequately, it needs to have three simple qualities: clean, clear and …