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For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of ‘dates’ with older men

By Anna Fifield<p>, Bureau chief<p>TOKYO — High school dating? No big deal in many parts of the world — but in Japan, it means something quite different.<p>Here, “high school dating” matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. And it means money changing hands.<p>Sometimes this involves …

High School

Graffiti artists invited to make their mark as downtown library closes

If you’ve got a secret tag you’ve been yearning to share, take your talent to the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton on Dec. 17.<p>The date …

University of Alberta

Changing Your Pajamas: The Evolution of 7 Sleepwear Trends

Through the years, pajamas have gone from nonexistent to ubiquitous, formal to casual, frilly to frumpy, and gender-specific to unisex. But these …

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Shia LaBeouf

Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of World's First Vertical Farms

But the town is about to become home to one of the only vertical farms in the world. On a thin slice of vacant land next to a parking lot, a startup …

Aquaponics

Isis finally admits defeat in Kobani after air strikes force its fighters to retreat

Islamic State (Isis) has admitted for the first time that US-led air strikes on Kobani have forced its fighters from the Syrian town.<p>Two fighters from the Islamist group said in a video that aerial attacks by fighter jets from the US and several Arab countries were the main reason for the …

Middle East

Record heroin bust in Indian Ocean

A drug raid has seized the largest recorded haul of heroin in the Indian Ocean region.<p>It was picked up by an international navy coalition that was patrolling the waters.<p>The raid highlights the 'Smack Track' - a heroin smuggling route from Afghanistan to Europe through Africa.<p>Al Jazeera's Jane …

Tiger Hunting in India 1924

American Brigadier General William Mitchell hunts tigers with an Indian maharaja in 1924.<p>Editor's Note: <i>In recognition of International Tiger Day, we present the following article from our archives as a way of illustrating how attitudes toward tigers have changed in the past century. In November</i> …

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists when Benito Mussolini's party ruled over Italy in the 1920s and '30s. But in <i>The Pope and Mussolini,</i> David Kertzer says the historical record and a trove of recently released archives tell a very different …

On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

Shortly after sunrise, on the morning of Feb. 20, 1805, sailors on an American ship called the <i>Perseverance</i>, anchored near an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, spied a weird vessel drifting into view. It flew no flag and its threadbare sails were slack. The captain of the <i>Perseverance</i>, a man …

Through The 'Dust,' Glimmers Of Brilliance

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's Kenya is a country knit together by secrets. Each character in <i>Dust</i>, her debut novel, owns a share of his land's violent past, a history that longs to be forgotten. They live and love in an atmosphere of mutually agreed-upon silence, a mindset best summed up by Nyipir Oganda, …

Born Together, Then Torn Apart, In Civil War-Era Minnesota

Clement and Angel, fraternal twins separated at birth, have very different lives. After being abandoned, both are raised in Stillwater, Minn., around the time of the Civil War. But Clement dwells among orphans and prostitutes; Angel is adopted by a wealthy couple, and she lives in the town's …

Book News: Poet Hashem Shaabani Reportedly Executed In Iran

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>The Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani was reportedly executed last month as an "enemy of God," according to human rights groups. Shaabani was a founder of the Dialogue Institute, which promoted Arab culture in Iran. In a …