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Afghans ‘marry off’ girls, ‘promise babies’ for dowries as starvation looms

Child marriage, already prevalent before Taliban’s return 100 days ago, is rising as poverty soars, ‘could almost double’ in coming months.

Child marriage, already prevalent before Taliban’s return 100 days ago, is rising as poverty soars, ‘could almost double’ in coming months.

Afghans ‘marry off’ girls, ‘promise babies’ for dowries as starvation looms
23 Nov 2021 - 9:18PM
Can advertisers sell us on need for climate action like they sell needless consumption? Insiders on a green way forward for the industry

Traditional marketing, which focuses on selling more stuff to more people, needs to give way to advertising that promotes the message that change is possible and popularises low-carbon choices, insiders say.

Traditional marketing, which focuses on selling more stuff to more people, needs to give way to advertising that promotes the message that change is possible and popularises low-carbon choices, insiders say.

Can advertisers sell us on need for climate action like they sell needless consumption? Insiders on a green way forward for the industry
19 Nov 2021 - 12:34PM
For Bangladesh’s climate migrants, pandemic job cuts fuel ‘multiple crises’

Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest exporters of labour, with nearly 700,000 people getting jobs abroad annually before the coronavirus pandemic.

Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest exporters of labour, with nearly 700,000 people getting jobs abroad annually before the coronavirus pandemic.

For Bangladesh’s climate migrants, pandemic job cuts fuel ‘multiple crises’
3 Oct 2021 - 7:40AM
Hundreds of Africans detained, deported from Abu Dhabi

Rights groups saying the forced deportation of African workers from Abu Dhabi was illegal, but UAE says the 376 men and women were detained for various offences

Rights groups saying the forced deportation of African workers from Abu Dhabi was illegal, but UAE says the 376 men and women were detained for various offences

Hundreds of Africans detained, deported from Abu Dhabi
4 Sep 2021 - 4:11PM
In Cambodia, stateless ethnic Vietnamese stuck at border amid Covid-19

Hundreds of ethnic Vietnamese families have been evicted from their homes at Cambodia’s Tonle Sap River.

Hundreds of ethnic Vietnamese families have been evicted from their homes at Cambodia’s Tonle Sap River.

In Cambodia, stateless ethnic Vietnamese stuck at border amid Covid-19
5 Jul 2021 - 6:24AM
Top fashion brands failing on gender equality, says new index. Adidas and Gap the best performers; G-Star, Urban Outfitters and Zhejiang Semir Garment the worst

Most top fashion labels don’t publicly back women’s empowerment, and only pay lip service to key issues affecting them in the supply chain. Adidas and Gap were the best performers, while G-Star, Urban Outfitters and Zhejiang Semir Garment were the worst

Most top fashion labels don’t publicly back women’s empowerment, and only pay lip service to key issues affecting them in the supply chain. Adidas and Gap were the best performers, while G-Star, Urban Outfitters and Zhejiang Semir Garment were the worst

Top fashion brands failing on gender equality, says new index. Adidas and Gap the best performers; G-Star, Urban Outfitters and Zhejiang Semir Garment the worst
30 Jun 2021 - 6:15PM
UN warns drought may be the next pandemic, ‘and there’s no vaccine’ for it

About 130 countries could face a greater risk of drought this century under a high-emissions scenario cited by the UN.

About 130 countries could face a greater risk of drought this century under a high-emissions scenario cited by the UN.

UN warns drought may be the next pandemic, ‘and there’s no vaccine’ for it
17 Jun 2021 - 9:26PM
Schools in India’s West Bengal adopt solar energy to help reach the country’s green goals

The Sunshine Schools project hopes to lower carbon emissions and bring cheap, reliable, eco-friendly energy to classrooms.

The Sunshine Schools project hopes to lower carbon emissions and bring cheap, reliable, eco-friendly energy to classrooms.

Schools in India’s West Bengal adopt solar energy to help reach the country’s green goals
16 Jun 2021 - 2:18PM
Will G7 climate pledge prompt Asian governments to ditch coal or lean more heavily on China?

An end to coal financing from the G7 could push Asian nations to turn to China for funding in a bid to reinforce energy security, one expert said.

An end to coal financing from the G7 could push Asian nations to turn to China for funding in a bid to reinforce energy security, one expert said.

Will G7 climate pledge prompt Asian governments to ditch coal or lean more heavily on China?
15 Jun 2021 - 10:06AM
Bangladeshi police arrest seven sex trafficking suspects who ‘lured women on TikTok’

A video of a Bangladeshi woman being tortured and sexually assaulted went viral on social media last week, prompting an investigation by police.

A video of a Bangladeshi woman being tortured and sexually assaulted went viral on social media last week, prompting an investigation by police.

Bangladeshi police arrest seven sex trafficking suspects who ‘lured women on TikTok’
5 Jun 2021 - 10:52AM
Online game ‘Survive the Century’ shows ordinary people what they can do about climate change

Climate anxiety is on the rise, especially among Gen Z, and this game aims to instil a sense of hopefulness about the Earth’s future.

Climate anxiety is on the rise, especially among Gen Z, and this game aims to instil a sense of hopefulness about the Earth’s future.

Online game ‘Survive the Century’ shows ordinary people what they can do about climate change
22 May 2021 - 6:00PM
Illegal deforestation can be found behind many everyday foods, like beef and chocolate

An area the size of Denmark is lost from illegal logging each year in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa, hindering the fight against climate change.

An area the size of Denmark is lost from illegal logging each year in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa, hindering the fight against climate change.

Illegal deforestation can be found behind many everyday foods, like beef and chocolate
19 May 2021 - 5:37PM
Cambodia’s biggest casino to slash jobs, redundancy pay as Covid-19 hits profits

NagaWorld resort in the capital Phnom Penh will lay off over 15 per cent of its staff and cut severance packages, but unions are crying foul.

NagaWorld resort in the capital Phnom Penh will lay off over 15 per cent of its staff and cut severance packages, but unions are crying foul.

Cambodia’s biggest casino to slash jobs, redundancy pay as Covid-19 hits profits
1 May 2021 - 7:46PM
From Byron Bay to Bali, tourist hotspots grow wary of Instagram influencers

When Netflix announced Byron Baes, a reality TV show about social media influencers set in the holiday town, the backlash was swift – and reminiscent of Bali’s expulsion of American digital nomad Kristen Gray.

When Netflix announced Byron Baes, a reality TV show about social media influencers set in the holiday town, the backlash was swift – and reminiscent of Bali’s expulsion of American digital nomad Kristen Gray.

From Byron Bay to Bali, tourist hotspots grow wary of Instagram influencers
22 Apr 2021 - 7:15PM
How Singapore’s solar power push, using floating farms and vertical panels, offers solutions to other cities

Singapore’s clean-energy campaign could make it a ‘living laboratory’ to provide ideas for other cities around the world.

Singapore’s clean-energy campaign could make it a ‘living laboratory’ to provide ideas for other cities around the world.

How Singapore’s solar power push, using floating farms and vertical panels, offers solutions to other cities
19 May 2021 - 12:37PM
Muay Thai helps women fight sexual harassment in Egypt, one of the world’s least gender equal countries

At the Monsters Academy in Egypt, Coach Samah teaches Muay Thai to mostly women and girls to help them defend themselves, having been sexually harassed herself five years ago.

At the Monsters Academy in Egypt, Coach Samah teaches Muay Thai to mostly women and girls to help them defend themselves, having been sexually harassed herself five years ago.

Muay Thai helps women fight sexual harassment in Egypt, one of the world’s least gender equal countries
9 Apr 2021 - 8:15PM
Deadly heatwaves will become more common in South Asia due to climate change, new research shows

If warming hits 2 degrees Celsius, the number of South Asians exposed to unsafe temperatures could rise twofold, and nearly three times as many people could face lethal heat.

If warming hits 2 degrees Celsius, the number of South Asians exposed to unsafe temperatures could rise twofold, and nearly three times as many people could face lethal heat.

Deadly heatwaves will become more common in South Asia due to climate change, new research shows
26 Apr 2021 - 11:14AM
Chloe Zhao’s Oscar-nominated ‘Nomadland’ spotlights America’s van-dwelling workforce

Chloe Zhao’s Oscar-nominated ‘Nomadland’ spotlights a way of life in the US that has seen an explosion of interest in the time of coronavirus.

Chloe Zhao’s Oscar-nominated ‘Nomadland’ spotlights a way of life in the US that has seen an explosion of interest in the time of coronavirus.

Chloe Zhao’s Oscar-nominated ‘Nomadland’ spotlights America’s van-dwelling workforce
29 Apr 2021 - 2:28PM
Thai tourism businesses seeking early coronavirus vaccination face backlash; Phuket says ‘We cannot afford to wait’

Proposal to fast-track coronavirus vaccinations for most of the Thai island’s population so businesses don’t miss out on high season for tourism – when it is envisaged inoculated foreigners could enter without quarantine – meets pushback from rights activists.

Proposal to fast-track coronavirus vaccinations for most of the Thai island’s population so businesses don’t miss out on high season for tourism – when it is envisaged inoculated foreigners could enter without quarantine – meets pushback from rights activists.

Thai tourism businesses seeking early coronavirus vaccination face backlash; Phuket says ‘We cannot afford to wait’
11 Mar 2021 - 1:10PM
Sharing ‘deepfake’ pornography should be criminalised, UK review finds

Although Britain made revenge porn a crime in 2015, the law has not kept up with new forms of abuse such as editing a person’s headshot onto a nude body.

Although Britain made revenge porn a crime in 2015, the law has not kept up with new forms of abuse such as editing a person’s headshot onto a nude body.

Sharing ‘deepfake’ pornography should be criminalised, UK review finds
26 Feb 2021 - 3:06PM
Moscow’s facial recognition cameras are identifying Navalny supporters: activists

The Russian capital has one of the world’s most comprehensive surveillance systems.

The Russian capital has one of the world’s most comprehensive surveillance systems.

Moscow’s facial recognition cameras are identifying Navalny supporters: activists
4 Feb 2021 - 9:45PM
K-pop is a force for good: BTS, Blackpink and Exo fans take up climate activism, disaster relief and emulate their idols’ good deeds

From Blackpink’s Blinks to BTS’ Army, K-pop fans are getting more involved in social and environmental issues, following their idols good deeds, planting trees and raising money for disaster relief.

From Blackpink’s Blinks to BTS’ Army, K-pop fans are getting more involved in social and environmental issues, following their idols good deeds, planting trees and raising money for disaster relief.

K-pop is a force for good: BTS, Blackpink and Exo fans take up climate activism, disaster relief and emulate their idols’ good deeds
4 Feb 2021 - 3:30AM
Hong Kong cooks up lab-grown fish as demand for clean meat rises

Cutting meat consumption is an important part of fighting climate change and has a positive effect on the environment

Cutting meat consumption is an important part of fighting climate change and has a positive effect on the environment

Hong Kong cooks up lab-grown fish as demand for clean meat rises
2 Feb 2021 - 2:10PM
Men in Cambodia men step up to stop violence against women
28 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM
Silent wife: The poem that teaches Cambodian teens to accept domestic violence
28 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM
Privacy fears as Indian city Lucknow readies facial recognition to spot harassed women

Concerns that technology will lead to intrusive policing and privacy violations, digital rights experts warned.

Concerns that technology will lead to intrusive policing and privacy violations, digital rights experts warned.

Privacy fears as Indian city Lucknow readies facial recognition to spot harassed women
23 Jan 2021 - 5:20AM
Human trafficking in Thailand drops as coronavirus restrictions hinder networks

Thailand has also improved its efforts to stop trafficking in recent years after criticism about abuses in its seafood and textile sectors and its sex trade.

Thailand has also improved its efforts to stop trafficking in recent years after criticism about abuses in its seafood and textile sectors and its sex trade.

Human trafficking in Thailand drops as coronavirus restrictions hinder networks
22 Jan 2021 - 8:00AM
WWF says coronavirus pandemic an opportunity to tackle deforestation

A WWF report found deforestation has accelerated in the Amazon and Sumatra and Borneo islands, largely because of farming and palm oil production.

A WWF report found deforestation has accelerated in the Amazon and Sumatra and Borneo islands, largely because of farming and palm oil production.

WWF says coronavirus pandemic an opportunity to tackle deforestation
14 Jan 2021 - 12:57PM
Women push back against online abuse, from deepfake porn to doxxing and threats of violence, that has increased amid Covid-19 lockdowns

Online harassment of women and girls has increased as Covid-19 restrictions push more people onto the internet. Women’s groups are campaigning against cyber abuse, but face an uphill struggle in some countries.

Online harassment of women and girls has increased as Covid-19 restrictions push more people onto the internet. Women’s groups are campaigning against cyber abuse, but face an uphill struggle in some countries.

Women push back against online abuse, from deepfake porn to doxxing and threats of violence, that has increased amid Covid-19 lockdowns
8 Jan 2021 - 5:15PM
Pakistan approves new anti-rape law after protests over attacks

The new law creates special courts to expedite trials, a sex offenders registry, and even allows chemical castration in the most brutal of cases.

The new law creates special courts to expedite trials, a sex offenders registry, and even allows chemical castration in the most brutal of cases.

Pakistan approves new anti-rape law after protests over attacks
16 Dec 2020 - 8:58PM