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No discrimination against Singapore cars on road charge, Malaysia says

SEGAMAT: The Malaysian government is not discriminating against Singapore cars in its new road charge levied on foreign-registered vehicles entering …

In China, feminism is growing — and so is the backlash

In June 2015, a restaurant declined to hire Gao Xiao as a line cook because of her gender. Men prepare the food, a restaurant employee told her; women only serve it. So Gao filed a lawsuit.<p>In the U.S., this likely would have been treated as a straightforward case of employment discrimination. In …

Feminism

Man charged for threatening to 'open fire' on LGBT community in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A Facebook user who threatened to "open fire" on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was charged on Thursday (Jun …

Indian official resigns over 'rape victim selfie'

<b>An Indian official has resigned after she and another women's rights advocate were pictured taking a smiling selfie with a rape victim.</b><p>First emerging on the phone messaging service WhatsApp, the pictures were taken when members of the Rajasthan Commission for Women met the victim at a police …

The environmental cost of rapid expansion in China

Available on iOS & Android only.<p>Tag<p>This is sensitive<p>Attribute original poster<p>We remove posts that include copyright or trademark infringement. If …

Bananas facing extinction, scientists warn

Researchers from the Netherlands have published a study to show that the most widely consumed banana variety could be wiped out by a fungus in the …

How France Built Inequality Into Its Cities

Planners have created isolated urban enclaves that keep the country’s immigrant population separate.<p>A year ago, I took a job as an English teacher in France. I was expecting to see the Old World. What I found instead was Val-de-Reuil, one of France’s New Towns. Val-de-Reuil was built from the …

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WITH her filmy polka-dot dress, huge sunglasses and career as a psychologist, Yi Zoe Hou of Taiwan might seem likely to be besieged by suitors. Yet, …

Story of cities #27: Singapore – the most meticulously planned city in the world

Lee Kuan Yew’s vice-like grip on power helped create a byword for cleanliness, efficiency and safety. What lies beneath this ‘Disneyland with the death penalty’?<p>On 12 May 2015, a Singapore court sentenced Amos Yee, an outspoken 16-year-old video blogger who had been tried as an adult, to four weeks …

Lee Kuan Yew

Smokers in Italy hit with new fines to protect the young

ROME (AP) — Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros ($600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman — or if they …

Public Health

Death penalty statistics, country by country | visualisation and data

After the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle, the brutality of North Korea's regime has once again come under the international spotlight. In a broader context, is the attention warranted? Find out who uses the death penalty today - and see how it compares to 2007<p>• Get the data<br>• North Korea executes …

The innovation game

WHICH is the world’s most innovative country? Answering this question is the aim of the annual Global Innovation Index and a related report, which …

Innovation

China to greatly expand GM crops

China intends to plant genetically modified crops on a very large scale in the coming years. The new policy follows a recent announcement that GM …

India has the most polluted cities, yet the world doesn't pay attention

While Beijing's residents can now breathe a little easier after days of dangerous smog, Delhi's residents are still enmeshed in a haze that offers no …

Refocus of China's anti-graft campaign means almost anyone a target

BEIJING (Reuters) - As the number of high-profile “tigers” caught in China’s crackdown on corruption falls, the ruling Communist Party has turned its fight to its most junior officials, meaning almost anyone is now a target.<p>China's Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Qishan, the head of …

China

Chinese banks might need as much as $1.7 trillion in capital

The study sees little scope for improvement in 2017 amid worsening leverage and excess capacity in almost all sectors.<p>Debt has emerged as one of China's biggest challenges, with the country's debt load rising to 250 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Excessive credit growth is signalling an …

Economy

12 of the world's most beautiful spots to stargaze

But when it comes to observing the night sky, not all places are equal. If you were to step out on the street in, say, New York City, you might be able to see a tiny speckling of stars across a hazy sky, at best.<p>There are a lot of factors that work together to create optimal stargazing conditions. …

National Parks

NUS Students' Union apologises for 'reprehensible' sexualised orientation activities

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore’s Students’ Union (NUSSU) apologised on Sunday (Jul 31) for the “indecent, reprehensible and not …

A photographer captures the unexpected views that lie behind famous landmarks

Photographer Oliver Curtis, however, has turned his back on that idea, and has spent the last four years taking pictures of what lies <i>behind</i> famous sites. From the Statue of Liberty to Christ the Redeemer, Curtis captures lesser-known views.<p>His work will be on display at the Royal Geographic Society …

Mao Zedong

This economist thinks China is headed for a 1929-style depression

Andy Xie isn’t known for tepid opinions.<p>The provocative Xie, who was a top economist at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley, found notoriety a decade …

Stock Markets

Taiwan Accidentally Fires Missile Toward Rival China, Hits Boat

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Taiwanese naval ship accidentally fired a supersonic missile in the direction of its rival China on Friday, killing the captain of a nearby fishing boat, a state-run news agency said.<p>The 500-ton Chinchiang-class corvette launched the missile during a training exercise while …

For its 95th anniversary, China’s Communist Party is trying to explain itself to the world

Today marks the 95th anniversary of the formation of the Chinese Communist Party.<p>A grand ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing is being held to mark the occasion. President Xi Jinping’s speech, dubbed in English, is being livestreamed on YouTube (which is blocked in China) and on …

China

Everything You Need to Know About S’pore Durian Generation in 60 Sec

Every Singaporean should know by now the attitude of a person in the Strawberry Generation. But other than the Strawberry Generation, have you heard …

China's debt is 250% of GDP and 'could be fatal', says government expert

Defaults in the hugely indebted corporate sector could derail state-owned banks, triggering a systemic crisis, economist says<p>China’s total debt was more than double its gross domestic product in 2015, a government economist has said, warning that debt linkages between the state and industry could …

Families of Tiananmen Square victims accuse Beijing of three decades of 'white terror'

Campaigners say they have been spied on and threatened by security agents in letter released in the run-up to 27th anniversary of the protests<p>The families of those killed during the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown have accused Beijing of subjecting them to nearly three decades of “white terror” in a bid …

Singlish enriches the English language, says Oxford dictionary editor

<i>Oxford Dictionary consultant editor Dr Danica Salazar (Photo: Nurul Azliah/Yahoo Newsroom)</i><p>Contrary to popular belief, Singlish does not destroy the …

Business

Regulators have declared that they will normalize private banks, as there is a new wave of banks applying for such licenses.<p>Chongqing Financial …

To the Wife Who Has Anxiety and Depression, From Your Husband

<i>Written by Brandon Geib</i><p>To my wife and my best friend,<p>When we first met five years ago, I never thought I would be writing this. As we stood on stage in front of all of those strangers, acting our hearts out, I never once believed we would find ourselves here. We've come a long way.<p>When we first …

Depression