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South Asia
South Asia

Is Rohingya persecution caused by business interests rather than religion?

Both Buddhist and Muslim smallholders have been victims of corporate land grabs in Myanmar. Is the focus on religion just a distraction?<p>In the last four years Myanmar’s Rohingya, a centuries-old Muslim minority group, have been subjected to sharply escalating persecution by the Myanmar army, and by …

Human Rights

The Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm With a Sense of Touch

A new human era

“Life,” the American journalist and author Elbert Hubbard once quipped, “is just one damned thing after another.” Like many of…<p>1. What is your demon? …

7 Phrases You've Been Misquoting

Education majors often get a reputation for being "easy" and a "breeze of a major". This is incredibly untrue and frankly annoying to hear as an …

Bangladesh PM wants Rohingya safe zones in Myanmar

In speech to UN, Sheikh Hasina presses Myanmar to allow the return of 'hungry, distressed and hopeless' refugees.<p>Bangladesh's prime minister has accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya people and urged the country to allow the return of "hungry, distressed and hopeless" refugees.<p>Sheikh …

North Africa

Dear Future Generations: Sorry

Commentary: Smaller families in Singapore, leading to unhealthy parenting styles

SINGAPORE: It really didn’t seem that long ago when the Stop at Two campaign was in full swing, warning parents in Singapore that “the more you have, …


KKH launches Singapore’s first human milk bank

These are the world's most digitally advanced countries

It is barely 20 years since Sergey Brin and Larry Page registered the domain name, and only 10 years since Steve Jobs walked onto a stage …


The future of furniture is a vat of gel

Donald Trump

The Week When President Trump Resigned

As the worst week in a cursed presidency wound down, I spotted more and more forecasts that Donald Trump would resign, including from Tony Schwartz, who wrote “The Art of the Deal” for Trump and presumably understands his tortured psyche.<p>They struck me not as wishful or fantastical.<p>They struck me …

Donald Trump

Healthy eating can turn into an obsession

Doctors say Kim Jong Un might be on steroids

Nuke-happy North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un might be the way he is because he suffers from ’roid rage, doctors say.<p>There’s widespread speculation “in …

Beijing warns Pyongyang: You’re on your own if you go after the United States

BEIJING — China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.<p>The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in …

North Korea

Futurism Energy

This transparent solar panel could turn any window into a power generator.

New 'Solar Paint' Could Transform Your Entire House Into a Clean Source of Energy

We need this ASAP.<p>Powering homes using clean energy is becoming easier thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives.<p>Some …

Clean Energy

Here, heroin spares no one, not even the sheriff's wife

<b>(CNN) —</b> Robert Leahy was sitting on his couch, watching TV, when his wife, Gretchen, walked through the front door.<p>It was about 10 p.m. She'd left for the grocery store hours earlier. Now, she "bumbled" about the room, Leahy says, incoherent and vacant. He'd seen her like this before.<p>"What the f**k …

Drug Addiction

Four nations in race to be first to go carbon neutral

It's the race for the greenest of the laurels, the contest for the ultimate ecological accolade. Four countries are competing to be the first of the …

Bhutan: the world’s first carbon-negative country

<b>Bhutan produces 1.5 million tonnes of carbon every year, but thanks to the country’s 72 per cent forest coverage, more than 6 million tonnes of</b> …

World Wildlife Fund

Extreme weather could kill 150,000 people each year in Europe by the end of the century, say scientists

More than 150,000 people could die as a result of climate change each year in Europe by the end of the century, shocking new research has found.<p>The …

Chinese tourists arrested after Hitler salutes in Germany

BERLIN: German police on Saturday arrested two Chinese tourists for making illegal "Heil Hitler" salutes in front of the historic Reichstag building …


Hong Kong Gender Pay Gap Double Singapore, Half Korea's

A recent report from Hong Kong’s government shows the pay gap between male and female employees tops Singapore’s by more than 10 percentage points. …

Hong Kong

As a doctor, I believe that questions about Donald Trump's mental health now need to be met with investigation

Not so long ago a group of psychiatrists broke new ground. The team of experts declared, publicly, that President Donald Trump has a “dangerous …

Mental Health

Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …


China Frictions May See Singapore Miss Out on Belt-Road Billions

China’s plan for a maritime “Silk Road” to Europe is helping channel funds to Southeast Asia for roads, railways and ports. But amid the deals …


Uber uses artificial intelligence to figure out your personal price hike

The system has caused a wide discrepancy between how much you pay and what your driver receives.<p>Uber has admitted using artificial intelligence to …