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If you want to try Singapore’s famous street food, you’d best make your trip now

When the former British colony of Singapore became a country nearly 50 years ago, its people were sustained by a multiethnic street food culture that …

India's traditional ear de-waxing business is waning

Squatting on a low wooden stool, Sayed Mehboob adjusts his red turban, gently faded from countless hours in the afternoon sun. On this patch of sidewalk near the busy Grant Road train station in central Mumbai, modern India flies by in its customary hurry.<p>Young laborers with rough hands and precise …

Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Hollywood's version of science often asks us to believe that dinosaurs can be cloned from ancient DNA (they can't), or that the next ice age could develop in just a few days (it couldn't).<p>It zeroes in on one of the most poignant times in an individual's life, which is the transition to the preteen …

The Look of Silence review – return to Indonesia’s death squads

This companion piece (rather than sequel) to Joshua Oppenheimer’s devastating <i>The Act of Killing</i> is more formally traditional than its predecessor, but no less distressing. Optometrist Adi travels from house to house, performing eye-tests, and interviewing elderly locals involved in mass slaugher …

Indonesia

Spring Disney Backgrounds To Brighten Up Your Phone

We don’t know about you, but we are really over winter. It’s been cold, it’s been rainy, and all we want to do is enjoy the sunshine of spring. The …

NDIS citizens' jury finds scheme successful so far, but with work to do

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) citizens' jury has found it is already giving people living with disabilities more independence and …

More than 100 migrants found on southern Thailand island as thousands remain adrift at sea

Thailand has found more than 100 migrants on a southern island while thousands remain adrift as boats are pushed back out into south-east Asia's seas …

Bali Nine: Australian ambassador will return 'in one month', Indonesian vice president says

Indonesia's vice president says he expects Australia's ambassador to return within weeks, playing down the decision to withdraw the diplomat in …

South-East Asian migrant crisis: Claims up to 200 dead with 14 people, including seven children, dead before boat turned around by navies

Migrants and refugees who spent months at sea and found help in Indonesia's Aceh province claim up to 200 people died on the journey with 14 people, …

China's biggest art collector: 13 of his golden age treasures – in pictures

The Qianlong emperor, fourth ruler of the Qing dynasty, was also a poet and one of China’s most prolific art collectors. The National Gallery of Victoria has borrowed more than 120 works from the Palace museum in Beijing to tell his story. Alongside fine 18th-century portraits by the Italian artist …

Art

11 of the Most Astounding UNESCO Sites in Africa

<b>With golden sand dunes, thundering falls and the world's largest population of giant tortoises, Africa's world heritage sites encompass staggering beauty and diversity.</b><p><b>BOTSWANA</b><p><b>1. Okavango Delta</b><p>With annual flooding between June and August, this astounding delta is formed as the Okavango River meets …