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Police battle protesters in Manila slum riot

Philippine slum dwellers hurling rocks, improvised explosives and human excrement fought running battles with riot police yesterday around a sprawling Manila shanty town that is set for redevelopment. Police said an officer was admitted to hospital with a head injury. Several residents of the North Triangle slum were briefly detained without being charged.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 2:21am

Seoul's poverty lingers in the shadows of Gangnam-style prosperity

Shadowed by the high-rises of Gangnam - Seoul's wealthiest district - Kim Bok-ja, 75, pulls her trolley of folded cardboard through a shanty town that sits uncomfortably in one of Asia's most developed cities.

At a local recycling yard, Kim smiles thinly as she counts out the meagre cash return she gets for the load of boxes and packaging she spent all day collecting.

23 Oct 2012 - 5:16am

The great divide

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Random House

In 2011, India was in the throes of an anti-corruption movement headed by a Gandhian leader named Anna Hazare. The campaign stirred a middle class noted for its political apathy and blew like a whirlwind across the nation, gathering in its sweep social activists, Bollywood celebrities and media figures.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Crude slum houses to be gone 'in three years'

The central government has vowed to get rid of all 'tin-and-timber houses' - common in slums - in three years in an effort to clean up mainland cities.

Vice-minister of Construction Qi Ji told a meeting last week in Liaoning that Beijing would step up efforts to rehabilitate all such houses and relocate their impoverished occupants.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Asia's largest slum braces for the bulldozers

600,000 residents of Dharavi in central Mumbai say they will resist huge development because it threatens their way of life

The 600,000 inhabitants of Asia's largest slum are fearful of change. They are the victims, say activists, of a plan to raze Dharavi slum in Mumbai and transform it into a 21st century 'township'.

12 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A home of their own is a dream come true

When Yang Daixin moved out of his slum dwelling into a new apartment block, he chose a flat on the top floor of the five-storey building because climbing up stairs was such a novelty.

5 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Sick family asks court for help in suicide bid

In a case that highlights the despair of millions of Indians untouched by the country's new economic prosperity, a family in Mumbai want legal permission to kill themselves.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Resisting the urge to run

I want to go back to Hong Kong,' my 11-year-old daughter complained as we wended our way through the broken streets of Mombasa, the vibrant, Swahili-speaking city on the coast of Kenya. Her mother, although born 800km west of here, has deep roots in this country, and I desperately wanted my daughter to like it.

19 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Slum toilets make a buck while people spend a penny

'Indians defecate everywhere. They defecate, mostly, beside the railway tracks. But they also defecate on the beaches; they defecate on the hills; they defecate on the riverbanks.'

So wrote V.S. Naipaul in his 1964 novel An Area of Darkness, infuriating Indians with his tone of naked contempt.

3 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Developers will put a $778m shine on shantytown

The biggest slum in Asia, Dharavi in Mumbai, is getting a facelift that is intended to transform what is possibly one of the most densely-populated spots on earth into a cleaner, more ordered place.

10 Jan 2003 - 12:00am