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Bill Gates warns of changing digital economic trends

Bill Gates writes on Gates Notes: The Blog of Bill Gates that when he entered Harvard in 1973, the drawing below "was basically how the global …

Bill Gates

Kindergarten dresses children as jihadis for parade in Indonesia

A kindergarten in Indonesia has been criticised for dressing girls up in black, Isis-style costumes and replica rifles for an independence day parade, with organisers forced to apologise for the embarrassing gaffe.<p>Photos of the “cultural” parade held in the city of Probolinggo, east Java, on …

Costumes

Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion

ROME (AP) — The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed dozens warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution on the concrete.<p>RAI state television broadcast excerpts Sunday …

Genoa

Aretha Franklin came to Washington to sing - and for history

As a 21-year-old Aretha Franklin worked on her singing voice in New York during the summer of 1963, her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, raced to finish the final touches on the planned March on Washington.<p>Nearly five decades later, Franklin found herself in Washington and performing "My Country 'Tis …

Aretha Franklin

Dogs, ranked

All dogs are good, but some dogs are the best.<p>Using a unique and complex algorithm that we cannot disclose (just kidding, we picked 50 dogs from the …

Pets

AP Interview: Malaysia's Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia is looking to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by the previous scandal-tainted government as it digs itself out of debt, Malaysia's prime minister said Monday during an extensive interview in which he also blasted Myanmar's …

Asia

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Asia

Sun Yat-sen to Mao Zedong, I watched the birth of a new China: the Wang Gungwu memoir | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

<i>Editor’s note: Wang Gungwu is a historian well-regarded in Asia for his study of Chinese civilisation and his reflections on the Chinese diaspora.</i> …

China

Obesity in America 2018: 7 charts that explain why it’s so easy to gain weight - Vox

“In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.”<p>It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger …

Nutrition

Move Over Millennials, It’s Gen Z’s Turn to Kill Industries

Millennials have been accused of killing so many products and industries—taxis, landlines, snail mail—that it’s become a media trope. But millennials …

Demographics

Asia’s ‘big six’ who will be in big trouble if China pulls the yuan trigger | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

OECD data shows Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia — Southeast Asia’s ‘big six’ economies — are among the most exposed …

China

What happened to the billions China pledged the Philippines? Not what you think | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

Here’s a quiz. How often in these past weeks have you read about the duplicitous Chinese tricking other governments with false investment promises? …

China

My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time

'He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult'<p>Reform is beginning to creep through Saudi society; the ban on women drivers has been lifted, cinemas have opened<p>Osama's son Hamza may well cloud the family’s attempts to shake off their past<p>On the corner …

Osama Bin Laden

Luo Yang's powerful female portraits challenge Chinese gender norms

<b>(CNN) —</b> For Chinese photographer Luo Yang, girlhood has a multitude of meanings. But rather than relying on the type of saccharine depictions often used in China to depict young women -- gentle, delicate, and overly feminine -- Luo's ongoing project "Girls" features edgy and alternative subjects …

China

What the early church thought about God's gender

The Episcopal Church has decided to revise its 1979 prayer book, so that God is no longer referred to by masculine pronouns.<p>The prayer book, first …

Theology

Chinese authorities filmed smashing coffins and exhuming bodies in 'barbaric' crackdown on burials

Officials in southeast China have smashed thousands of coffins, some of which were exhumed, as it intensified a campaign banning people from burying their dead.<p>The “zero burial” policy in Jianxi province, where people regularly splash life savings on expensive coffins for themselves, was introduced …

Archaeology

Pregnant goat dies after being allegedly gangraped by 8 men in Haryana

Police have booked eight men in a village in Haryana’s Mewat district for raping a goat Wednesday night. The seven-year-old goat was pregnant and …

Crime

This very good dog was totally p****d that he had to take a bath

One of the harsh realities of dog ownership is that occasionally, that dog is gonna need a bath. And if the dog is like 99.9 percent of dogs, it is …

Pets

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Language

The Man Who Captures Criminals for the D.E.A. by Playing Them

Spyros Enotiades is an actor for hire who specializes in the role of cartel boss, middleman, or money manager in sting operations.<p>On the afternoon of February 9, 2011, in a suite at the City Hotel in Bucharest, two men, hoping to sell a stash of Russian military-grade weapons on the black market, …

Crime

Neymar, Mbappé, Messi And Ronaldo: What Separates Them Most Is Mentality

Athletic ability accounts for so much. Some are born with it; a genetic mishmash of physical and mental coordination, while others build and earn their place through profound work and perseverance. More often than not, the hard workers have a stronger mentality in conviction and resolution than the …

Soccer

Manila’s Disaster Backup Rises in iCloud City

Monsoon rains battered down on Manila this week as a tropical storm — the ninth this year — howled nearby. Schools, courts and the senate were shut for two days; roads were flooded; public transport was affected.<p>It could have been worse.<p>That the Philippine capital is one big ocean wave away from …

Asia

Your first memory probably isn't yours, no matter how real it seems

Around 40 percent of us may have a fictional recollection as our “first” memory.<p>Think back to your earliest memory. What age were you in it? If its under two, you're not alone. In a recent survey, 40 percent of people say they remember events earlier than age two. But here's the problem: Most …

The Brain

The Long Road to Reviving Indonesia's Cacao Industry

<b>Lampung/Jakarta.</b> Indonesia had to import about 200,000 metric tons of cacao beans last year, but it was not supposed to happen.<p>The tropical …

The Thai cave rescue was born of hope, an instinct that sustains and drives us | Kenan Malik

‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” So reads the inscription above the entrance to Hell in Dante’s <i>Inferno</i>. There must have been times over the past two weeks when it might have seemed the inscription to the entrance to the Tham Luang caves in Thailand. Twelve boys and their football coach …

Local residents slaughter 292 crocodiles in Sorong farm

A total of 292 crocodiles, from large, 2-meter-long adults to babies, at a crocodile farm in Sorong, West Papua, were allegedly killed by local …

Cat Climbs on Unflappable Owner’s Head During TV News Interview

Recently, Jerzy Targalski, a Polish historian and political scientist, was interviewed by the Dutch news show <i>Nieuwsuur</i> about the Polish Supreme …

Caution, Dog Owners! Florida Man Left Shocked After Routine Beach Trip Leads To Beloved Lab’s Death

The vet revealed that the dog died of "saltwater poisoning."<p>A Florida man has warned dog owners to remain cautious when they take their pets to the …

The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation

"My hope is that people think about how this is more than a transaction," says one family therapist.<p>Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and needs a different ingredient than what they’ve currently got to make one, a man with viable …

Sperm

8,000-Year-Old Human Remains Reveal Surprising Ancestry Of People In Southeast Asia

An analysis of 26 ancient DNA samples has helped put a century-old deliberation to rest, unveiling when Southeast Asia was first populated and by …