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Influx of refugees from Yemen divides South Korean resort island

Hamza al-Odaini had two paths before him after he graduated from secondary school in Yemen: be forced to pick up a gun and fight in the civil war now in its fourth year, or flee the country.<p>In the end, his mother decided for him, sending the 17-year-old on a journey through Oman and Malaysia, …

Jeju

'Lesser evil': how Brazil's militias wield terror to seize power from gangs

The gunmen wore black military fatigues and ninja masks when they arrived in Seropédica, a nondescript town of 84,000 near Rio de Janeiro, and began systematically driving out the drug gangsters.<p>Those who refused to leave were killed.<p>“There were three weeks of deaths,” said one resident – who like …

Brazil

Is Instagram changing the way we design the world?

If you are ever in Madrid and looking for a bite to eat, you could do worse than to head to Sobrino de Botín. At the world’s oldest restaurant – it opened in 1725 – you can experience a well-reviewed suckling pig supper, while soaking up the atmosphere. It was once frequented by Ernest Hemingway …

Music Videos

The gentrification of death: in New York eternal rest will soon be a luxury

For two centuries, New York’s cemeteries have promised a peaceful and picturesque hereafter. But space is now scarce – and increasingly expensive<p>In 1825, Jacob Bigelow, a doctor and botanist in Boston, Massachusetts, noticed that the many small church graveyards throughout the city were becoming …

Natural Beauty

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo.<p>As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It is a system that …

Pollution

This Public Transit Series Celebrates Moscow's Contemporary Metro Stations

Beautifully integrating graphic design and architecture, the newest release from Blue Crow Media's transit series recognizes a selection of the most …

Transit

Even self-driving cars need driver education

What do self-driving cars and teenage drivers have in common?<p>Experience. Or, more accurately, a lack of experience.<p>Teenage drivers – novice drivers …

Autonomous Cars

What Happens if the Gender Gap Becomes a Gender Chasm?

For nearly 40 years, the gender gap in voting has been the subject of continued speculation. How much does it matter? Would it be wide enough to put Democrats in office? Now, with President Trump ascendant, the question becomes still more urgent: What happens if the gender gap becomes a gender …

Gender Equality

Rising ocean waters from global warming could cost trillions of dollars | John Abraham

Ocean waters are rising because of global warming. They are rising for two reasons. First, and perhaps most obvious, ice is melting. There is a tremendous amount of ice locked away in Greenland, Antarctica, and in glaciers. As the world warms, that ice melts and the liquid water flows to the oceans.<p>…

Climate Change

Japan faces 'frequent' disasters as flood toll reaches 200

KURASHIKI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan risks more severe weather and must find ways to alleviate disasters, a government spokesman said on Thursday, as intense heat and water shortages raised fear of disease among survivors of last week's floods and landslides.<p>Torrential rain in western Japan caused …

Environmentalism

It’s not wage rises that are a problem for the economy – it’s the lack of them | Thomas Frank

All the free beer in the world can’t drown out what’s coming<p>In recent weeks media outlets in the US have been fretting over what would ordinarily be considered good news – the roaring American economy, which has brought low unemployment and, in some places, a labour shortage. Owners and managers …

Economics

How Rich the U.S. Is Compared to the Rest of the World, Visualized

The U.S. is often called the richest country in the world. But how rich is it, really? A new infographic from How Much, spotted by Digg, explores the …

Infographics

Improving city finances is a must for India’s future

A strong municipal bond market should be seen as one part of a larger policy, which includes directly giving cities a slice of GST collections

India

Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<p>In an ideal world, Alex Fearnside would cycle home from work, park his bike in the basement of his apartment complex in …

Housing

Université de Montréal study looks at concrete ideas about urban design

Urban settings — from parks and bicycle lanes to green alleyways and pedestrian walkways — can have a huge impact on residents’ social and physical …

Canada

Airbnb's Racial Footprint May Be More Uneven Than We Thought, Study Says

"We can't say for sure it's the result of racism. Our next step is to figure this out."<p>Airbnb has long been maligned as a business built on …

Hospitality

India must build new Chicagos to meet urban demand

India will have to build a new Chicago every year to meet its massive urban demand as 40 percent of the country's population is projected to reside …

India

Calls for Auckland Council to sell $500m worth of car parks

Property developers say Auckland Council-owned carparks are perfect sites for new office or apartment buildings, with many in key central locations …

Urban Design

Gentrification misses real problem in Detroit, urban expert warns

As complaints grow louder of gentrification in Detroit, some urban experts advise us to pay more attention to the real problem facing urban …

Urbanism

'This waterfront needs a highway': the huge mistakes cities keep making

Why don’t cities learn from the mistakes others have made? We list the terrible ideas that keep being recycled<p>Making mistakes is an important part of life. It’s an opportunity for growth and a lesson to others. Unless, of course, you’re a city. Too often, cities think they’re unique and repeat the …

Urban Design

'We laugh, sing and play music': the rise of Mogadishu

The surprising sounds of a late evening in Mogadishu: surf on the beach, laughs of revellers, clinking of cups and glasses, oaths of harassed waiters and the soft melodies of the oud of Aweys Kabanle.<p>Kabanle, a 45-year-old former dressmaker turned musician, is playing traditional Somali music at …

Africa

America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win | George Monbiot

Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior Democrats in Congress by a 28-year-old Democratic socialist with a radical programme and one tenth of his funding is, you might think, interesting enough.<p>But since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Joe …

Middle-class

Central Europe is a lesson to liberals: don’t be anti-nationalist | Ivan Krastev

Central Europeans feel threatened not by migrants but by the void left by emigration over the last decade<p>‘I’ve only ever been afraid of signs and symbols, never of people and things,” wrote the Romanian novelist Mihail Sebastian at the start of For Two Thousand Years, the marvellous 1934 book that …

Europe

Burnt out: heatwaves can lead to poor decisions and thinking, studies say

If you feel like having to work during a heatwave should be banned, you may have a point. A new study conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health suggests that hot weather can make your thinking 13% slower.<p>The study, published on Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, examined cognitive …

heatwaves

The cashless taxi system that's reducing Rwanda's traffic accidents – podcast

Entrepreneur Karanvir Singh has come up with a cashless system for motorbike taxis to help passengers get a fair deal – and improve road safety<p>Karanvir Singh was born in Delhi and struggled through school before discovering technology and later setting up Yego Moto thousands of miles away in …

Road Safety

'Toxic narrative' on migration endangers lives, report finds

Red Cross warns of dire consequences of ‘new walled order’ that withholds food and healthcare in the name of border control<p>The “criminalisation of compassion”, with countries introducing laws that restrict help to those in need, endangers lives and risks pushing humanitarian standards back by a …

oxic

The future will be dockless: could a city really run on 'floating transport'?

Citymapper now supports dockless transport options such as Ofo bikes in London and San Francisco’s Bird electric scooters, offering an insight into the future of transport in cities<p>Last week, London-based transportation app Citymapper coined a new phrase: “floating transport”. “It has no set stops …

San Francisco

The Industrial Era Ended, and So Will the Digital Era

In a famous scene in the 1967 movie <i>The Graduate</i>, a family friend takes aside Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin Braddock, and whispers in a conspiratorial tone, “Plastics… There’s a great future in plastics.” It’s seems quaint today, but back then plastics really were new and exciting.<p>If the …

Innovation

Heatwave seems to make manmade climate change real for Americans

The warm temperatures that have scorched much of the US appear to be influencing Americans’ acceptance of climate science, with a new poll finding a record level of public confidence that the world is warming due to human activity.<p>A long-running survey of American attitudes to climate change has …

Climate Change

Why aren’t millennials buying houses?

A new report says student loans, high rent, and location preferences are among impediments to Millennial homeownership<p>The millennial generation came of age under the shadow of the housing bust in 2008, and while the housing market has since recovered in most American markets, many millennials …

Demographics