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Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters defiant, but rally turnout hits a low

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's annual pro-democracy protest saw one of the lowest turnouts in history, as thousands braved sweltering heat to protest against Beijing's tightening grip over the city on Sunday, the 21st anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.<p>Organizers said 50,000 protested, in …

Women Wore Cow Masks To Question If Cows Are Safer Than Women In India

"If we can protect cows then why not women?"

China activists fear increased surveillance with new security law

(Refiles this May 25 story to add “Chinese” to advocacy group’s name in paragraph 13.)<p>Paramilitary police officers stand underneath a security camera near Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China May 19, 2017. Picture taken May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter<p>By Christian Shepherd<p>BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese …

Spiritual festival on India's Yamuna river caused £5m damage

A spiritual festival held along an Indian river last year, despite warnings by the country’s environmental watchdog, caused more than £5m of damage that could take 10 years to fix, according to a report.<p>One of India’s most celebrated gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, headlined the World Culture festival …

A moment that changed me: rejecting the white ‘prettiness’ ideal | Eliza Anyangwe

It was on the bus, of all places, that fate decided to throw my internal programming into reverse and free me from racist beauty standards<p>It’s 2007, and I’m standing on a platform at London Bridge station willing myself not to stare at people’s bums. To look would mean to compare, and in the battle …

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Why?<p>CHARLOTTE—Shamelle Jackson moved here from Philadelphia, hoping to find work opportunities and better schools for her four children, who range in …

The One Thing No One Realizes About Happiness

Last year I was reading about a European billionaire who, after losing a good chunk of his wealth in a bad investment, ended his life. The day he …

A real-life company is implanting microchips in employees

After a semi-painless injection between the thumb and index finger, a microchip is implanted in another employee. A cyborg is now created, and this human/machine mashup runs off to buy a smoothie using his or her new sub-dermal implant.<p>If that sounds futuristic, it’s because we’re conditioned to …

There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water | Judith D Schwartz

In this time of reckless US action, it’s crucial to shift the narrative beyond despair over fossil fuels and look at water as a primary tool of climate control<p>It’s easy for all concerned about air, water and nature to descend into despair as we watch brazen rollbacks of environmental legislation in …

Climate

The kingdom of women: the Tibetan tribe where a man is never the boss

It’s a place where women rule, marriage doesn’t exist and everything follows the maternal bloodline. But is it as good for women as it sounds – and how long can it last?<p>Imagine a society without fathers; without marriage (or divorce); one in which nuclear families don’t exist. Grandmother sits at …

Women's News

The 50 Best Podcasts Right Now

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Polar bears spotted in Scotland as animals flee melting Arctic ice cap

• <i>For those arriving to this page after 12pm on April 1st 2017, this story was an April Fool, as we explain here</i><p>Anybody venturing to Scotland normally has only the midges to avoid. Now there’s an altogether more terrifying, not so wee beastie lurking in the woods.<p>For scientists with the World …

Like Trump, the Chinese leader is pushing a political system to its limits | Timothy Garton Ash

With an erratic US president and an array of potential flashpoints, understanding China’s unprecedented domestic experiment is more crucial than ever<p>When the two most powerful men on earth, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, meet for the summit that’s expected to take place soon in the American emperor’s …

Three Key Elements Needed to Revitalize Public Spaces and Promote Urban Life

The importance of public spaces in urban life is an issue that has been apparent since ancient Greece and is still with us today. Opportunities to …

São Paulo

Muscles and Miles: How One Ultrarunner Makes Room for Both | REI Co-op Journal

<b>Crystal Seaver looks more like a gym rat than an ultrarunner, but she races among the best thanks to her devotion to strength training.</b><p>On the …

Running

The 712-page Google doc that proves Muslims do condemn terrorism

When a classmate told 19-year-old Heraa Hashmi that “all terrorists are Muslims” she began to compile a dossier of all instances of Muslims condemning terror attacks<p>It happened in history class. Heraa Hashmi, a 19-year-old American Muslim student at the University of Colorado, was supposed to be …

Religion

Can Harvard’s most popular professor (and Confucius) radically change your life?

Michael Puett’s book The Path draws on the 2,500-year-old insights of Chinese philosophers. He explains how ‘straightening your mat’ can help you break out of the patterns that are holding you back<p>The School of Life’s Sunday sermons could be described as lectures for people who don’t believe in God …

The Future of Toronto: Sleek Design Meets Canadian Practicality

How do you turn a country's economic hub into an exemplar of green design?<p>Toronto, the fourth-largest city in North America and home to over 2.6 …

Living in: Hồ Chí Minh City

Though many travellers might be shocked the first time they visit Vietnam’s chaotic biggest city, Hồ Chí Minh City is beloved by residents as a place of surprising calm and order.<p>Though many travellers might be shocked when they visit Vietnam’s chaotic biggest city for the first time, Hồ Chí Minh …

Travelers

African Modernism: The Experimental Architecture of an Evolving Continent

Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, 32 central and sub-Saharan African countries gained independence from their colonial powers, sparking a continental shift in the way these countries wanted to newly present themselves to the world. One of the most impressive ways in which they asserted …

A former Pentagon adviser on why the military has become too powerful

Author Rosa Brooks on the domestic dangers of an ever-expanding military.<p>Rosa Brooks walked away from her job as a civilian adviser at the Pentagon in 2011. She had served for just under two years. She left, in part, due to frustration with the process. A lawyer specializing in human rights, she …

Westminster attack: Cartoonists give their take on London tragedy

Cartoonists around the world are paying tribute to those killed or injured in the terror attack at Westminster on Wednesday.<p>Four people died, including a police officer, and dozens more hurt when an attacker - armed with two large knives - mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge …

The Ultimate Secret to Getting More Stuff Done

Here's how to work smart to get more done.<p>For many entrepreneurs and busy professionals, the pursuit of getting more done during a typical workload can seem daunting. We're distracted constantly; we spend considerable time putting out fires and managing those who can't manage themselves.<p>Think about …

6 Best Brain-Boosting Podcasts to Listen to Over Your Lunch Break

Your brain needs food too.<p>Until a year ago, I belonged to the 80 percent of Americans who don't listen to podcasts. I couldn't find time in my day to dedicate to listening. Then, last March, during a weekly lunch meeting with fellow business designers, we got into a discussion about NPR's Planet …

Kentucky’s religious freedom law gives students the green light to discriminate against LGBTQ peers

The new law comes after the governor declared 2017 the “Year of the Bible.”<p>Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and his Republican peers in the state legislature want to make certain that students in public schools can discriminate against LGBTQ kids.<p>So even though the states’ civil rights laws already fail to …

LGBTQI

Genderfluid Japan

A new exhibition reveals surprisingly queer gender and sex roles in Edo-period Japan.<p>By Merryn Johns<p>Published: 2017.03.09 02:53 PM<p>Color woodblock …

Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City

<b>New map and video show that urbanization is not as modern a concept as you might think.</b><p>When talking about <i>Science and the City</i>, I’m often asked about the earliest days of urbanization – when and where did we build the first ‘proper’ city? What influence did those early settlements have on their …

The growth of the alternative workforce, uncovered

Contract workers more than doubled, to 3.1 percent of the workforce, in the decade ending in 2015, while independent contractors rose 1.5 percent.<p>The …

German coal mine set to become "giant battery" for storing renewable energy

A German coal mine is about to become a massive battery for storing electricity from renewable energy sources. The Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine in …