Rochelle Alviedo

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'When I die, I want someone to know': Fear of dying alone increases among elderly folk

Eighty-five-year-old Mr Wee Yok Tai has lived in the same one-room flat in King George's Avenue for 30 years and is terrified that he will die alone …

Dating apps a hit as singles access huge database of peers searching for romance

Business analyst Matthew Oh, 27, is single and looking for the woman of his dreams. He has done things the old-fashioned way: asking friends to set …

Europe shuts its doors to Afghans | Afghanistan

<b>Athens, Greece -</b> Musawir Roshan doesn't like long goodbyes. At two o'clock one morning about four months ago, he sneaked out of the house where he grew up in Kabul, leaving his father, seven brothers and one sister, the sibling dearest to him, undisturbed in their sleep.<p>Only his mother realised he …

US and Brazil scientists team up for Zika fight

There has been a steep rise in the number of babies born with malformations in areas in Brazil affected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus.<p>There are more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly, with just under 700 confirmed ones.<p>Going from home to home in Paraiba, in the country's northeast, …

Syrian refugees: Single mothers fight to survive

As the Syrian war enters its sixth year, many female refugees in Jordan are growing increasingly desperate.

Accounting for Taste

How Intelligent Do You Have to Be to Raise a Child?

Who<p>Knows<p>Best<p>The state said a 19-year-old with an intellectual disability wasn’t equipped to look after her baby and whisked the newborn off to …

Ancient Greek manuscripts reveal life lessons from the Roman empire

Ever been unsure about how to deal with a drunken family member returning from an orgy? A collection of newly translated textbooks aimed at Greek speakers learning Latin in the ancient world might hold the solution.<p>Professor Eleanor Dickey travelled around Europe to view the scraps of material that …

Ancient History

Why People Want to Believe the Zika Virus Is a Conspiracy

Look at today’s Internet with the right lens, and you can watch a conspiracy theory being born: While scientists are increasingly convinced that Zika …

Does Encouraging Suicide Make You a Killer?

Conrad Roy’s loved ones called him Coco. His grandfather was Conrad Sr.; his father was Conrad Jr., “Co” for short, so Coco was a good fit. He was …

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a well-intentioned season about mental health that, unfortunately, gave a completely lopsided view of psychiatry.<p>The best prescription for mental …

Mental Health

Notes on the Syrian exodus: ‘Epic in scale, inconceivable until you witness it’

“Yesterday was the funeral,” Ramadan says. “It was very cold. We make sure Yasmin always has family around her.”<p>Yasmin wears a red scarf, maroon jumper and blue jeans. She is small and slight. Her face seems unable to assemble itself into any form of meaning. Nothing shapes it. Her eyes are …

Aegean Sea