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Forget dowries: Chinese men have to pay up to $24,000 to get a bride

China’s recent crackdown on luxury goods may be overlooking a wildly popular big-ticket item: brides.<p>Shanghai grooms typically have to pay their would-be wives a “bride price,” which starts <i></i>at 100,000 yuan ($16,300). That’s according to a national map (registration required) of bride prices—a kind …

Chinese Communist party intensifies online crackdown

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumours to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb "wanton defamation" of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.<p>It came as the Chinese state broadcaster aired video footage of …

World’s largest study on gay parents finds the kids are more than all right

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>According to the report, the children of gay parents are doing equally well or better than the national average<p>Katie McDonough<p>June 5, 2013 8:04pm (UTC)<p>According to preliminary findings from the world's largest study on the issue, the children of gay parents are doing equally well or …

Quran Quotes On The Poor

The Quran is the Islamic holy book, believed by Muslims to have been transmitted to Prophet Muhammad through a series of divine revelations, which were then collected and written down.<p>During the month of fasting called Ramadan, some Muslims attempt to read the entire text, which is divided into …

Farmers Rip Up Experimental Golden Rice Plants In The Philippines

As scientists prepare to submit the genetically engineered rice for regulatory approval, some locals protest.<p>A decade and a half after it was first invented, genetically engineered rice may soon grow in farmer's fields for the first time, in the Philippines. Just as some in the U.S. oppose GMO …

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Emotional Google ad a viral hit in India and Pakistan

An emotional advertisement for Google's search engine has become a hit in India and Pakistan by surprisingly invoking a searing and traumatic period …

The Justice Minister and the Banana: How Racist is France?

There has been a sudden spike recently in expressions of racism in French public life—one that has provoked a national debate and may lead to legal action this week. It began last month, when a candidate for the right-wing National Front likened Christiane Taubira, the Justice Minister, who is …

A Girl Who Codes

Computing has always been a boys’ club. How 18-year-old Nikita Rau–and other young women like her–are finally changing that.<p>Nikita Rau is a high school senior and, at this moment, drinking applekiwi-strawberry juice out of a plastic cup. We’re in the cafeteria of Bronx High School of Science, in …

Five Facts About Futurist Father of Science Fiction, Jules Verne - Unbound Worlds

Father of science fiction Jules Verne has been dead for over a hundred years, but his work remains as popular as ever. His novels <i>20,000 Leagues Under</i> …

Chinatown workers walk out in protest at immigration raids

Waiters, chefs and shop workers downed tools in London's Chinatown on Tuesday in a mass walkout to protest about recent raids by border control officers.<p>The UK Border Agency has carried out 13 raids in recent months, which Chinatown owners say were "fishing" for immigrants, were not …

China is trouncing France in English-language proficiency

The French appear to be getting worse at English while the Chinese are rapidly improving their aptitude at the language that dominates international trade and business, according to an index released today by international education firm Education First.<p>According to the ranking of 60 countries …

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Will The French Really Pay More for 'Made in France'?

The French economy suffers from many ailments: weak growth, high unemployment, poor competitiveness and a general sense of economic gloom. And every proposed government remedy seems to be met by protests from one corner or another.<p>Yet no one seems to be arguing with a little injection of economic …

Far-right leader says France is ‘least racist country’

France is the ‘least racist country in the world’, far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen told FRANCE 24 on Sunday in response to questions over a mayoral candidate from her party who compared France’s justice minister to a monkey.<p>Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said Sunday …

In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise

For the past week or so, France has been deep in debate, wondering if there's a resurgence of an old colonial racism, or if people have just become more tolerant of bigots.<p>The questions stem from a series of race-based taunts against Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black. Many of the …

Katniss the kitty? Cats remake 'The Hunger Games'

It's hard to improve on the hit movie and beloved best-selling series "The Hunger Games" -- unless, of course, you replace all the humans with cats. Instead of elaborate special effects, the movie set is "Sweded" (re-created using the cheapest materials possible) into a cardboard masterpiece. Or is …

Prince Charles lights up India

It could have all gone very, very wrong for Prince Charles on the day he reached retirement age. The Prince of Wales has not even started the job he was born to do, yet as part of his training he is in India ahead of his officially deputising for the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.<p>Where back …

In Turkey, Religious Minorities Still Struggle for Equality - OnFaith

When people think of Turkey, they think of a westernized Islamic democracy where the rights of all of its citizens are respected, including religious minorities. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that Turkey treats members of religious minority communities – including Alevi Muslims, Catholics, …