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Drought threatens to put a dampener on Thailand’s Songkran festival as authorities seek to conserve water

The annual festival is known as the world’s biggest water fight, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists, mostly to Bangkok and other cities.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:38PM

The annual festival is known as the world’s biggest water fight, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists, mostly to Bangkok and other cities.

Drought threatens to put a dampener on Thailand’s Songkran festival as authorities seek to conserve water
Google removes LGBT+ ‘conversion therapy’ app from its download store after outcry from top human rights charity

Human Rights Campaign branded the Living Hope Ministries app ‘life-threatening to LGBTQ youth’.

30 Mar 2019 - 2:47AM

Human Rights Campaign branded the Living Hope Ministries app ‘life-threatening to LGBTQ youth’.

Google removes LGBT+ ‘conversion therapy’ app from its download store after outcry from top human rights charity
United Nations condemns making women athletes cut testosterone in intersex and transgender row

UNHCR called on countries to ensure refrain from pressuring women into ‘undergoing unnecessary, humiliating and harmful medical procedures’.

23 Mar 2019 - 4:02AM

UNHCR called on countries to ensure refrain from pressuring women into ‘undergoing unnecessary, humiliating and harmful medical procedures’.

United Nations condemns making women athletes cut testosterone in intersex and transgender row
Asia’s ‘gay Netflix’ GagaOOLala plans foray into India

Socially conservative attitudes prevail across most of Asia, and deep-rooted biases have hamstrung progress on gay rights.

14 Feb 2019 - 10:55PM

Socially conservative attitudes prevail across most of Asia, and deep-rooted biases have hamstrung progress on gay rights.

Asia’s ‘gay Netflix’ GagaOOLala plans foray into India
Why are so many overseas Bangladeshi workers dying?

The death of a Bangladeshi woman in Jordan has sparked demands for the country to find out what is causing a rising number of migrant workers to come home lifeless.

23 Jan 2019 - 3:38AM

The death of a Bangladeshi woman in Jordan has sparked demands for the country to find out what is causing a rising number of migrant workers to come home lifeless.

Why are so many overseas Bangladeshi workers dying?
New spaces for Singaporean street food ‘do not benefit hawkers’ despite good intentions

Some of the new centres that are managed by social enterprises have been criticised over poor management, high rentals and strict conditions

15 Jan 2019 - 9:23PM

Some of the new centres that are managed by social enterprises have been criticised over poor management, high rentals and strict conditions

New spaces for Singaporean street food ‘do not benefit hawkers’ despite good intentions
Saudi Arabia advisory body aims to end child marriage, setting minimum age limit of 15, but loopholes remain

The advisory Shura Council has set new age limits, but young Saudi girls are still at risk if their parents can persuade courts to provide exemptions.

11 Jan 2019 - 9:50PM

The advisory Shura Council has set new age limits, but young Saudi girls are still at risk if their parents can persuade courts to provide exemptions.

Saudi Arabia advisory body aims to end child marriage, setting minimum age limit of 15, but loopholes remain
Lesbian couple to take wedding photos in 26 countries to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues in Japan

A lesbian couple are planning to take wedding pictures in countries that have marriage equality to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues in Japan.

10 Jan 2019 - 9:33PM

A lesbian couple are planning to take wedding pictures in countries that have marriage equality to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues in Japan.

Lesbian couple to take wedding photos in 26 countries to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues in Japan
As Singapore runs out of room, rooftop farms offer solution to concerns about food security

With some 5.6 million people in an area three-fifths the size of New York City – and with the population estimated to grow to 6.9 million by 2030 – land is at a premium in Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - 9:33PM

With some 5.6 million people in an area three-fifths the size of New York City – and with the population estimated to grow to 6.9 million by 2030 – land is at a premium in Singapore

As Singapore runs out of room, rooftop farms offer solution to concerns about food security
Chinese pig farmers warned not to cover up African swine fever

Slaughtering and selling sick or dead pigs and failing to report deaths will be pursued under criminal law, ministry says, days after criticism from Taipei over dead pigs found on Taiwanese islands.

4 Jan 2019 - 10:39PM

Slaughtering and selling sick or dead pigs and failing to report deaths will be pursued under criminal law, ministry says, days after criticism from Taipei over dead pigs found on Taiwanese islands.

Chinese pig farmers warned not to cover up African swine fever
Singapore digs up graves to build new motorways, including Bukit Brown cemetery where early Chinese immigrants rest

Following the announcement of the exhumations of 4,153 graves in Bukit Brown, Singaporeans rallied on social media, and showed up in the hundreds for walks in the cemetery

3 Jan 2019 - 10:07PM

Following the announcement of the exhumations of 4,153 graves in Bukit Brown, Singaporeans rallied on social media, and showed up in the hundreds for walks in the cemetery

Singapore digs up graves to build new motorways, including Bukit Brown cemetery where early Chinese immigrants rest
DR Congo, ravaged by Ebola and war, is the ‘most neglected crisis’ of 2018

Ebola epidemic rages as millions of people are caught in a forgotten ‘catastrophe’ of conflict and hunger.

20 Dec 2018 - 10:32PM

Ebola epidemic rages as millions of people are caught in a forgotten ‘catastrophe’ of conflict and hunger.

DR Congo, ravaged by Ebola and war, is the ‘most neglected crisis’ of 2018
India’s transgender community says new law doesn’t protect members and may even make them more vulnerable

Under the new legislation, anyone who ‘compels or entices a transgender person’ to beg could face jail time of up to two years – a clause that campaigners say could be misused to imprison transgender people

19 Dec 2018 - 9:08AM

Under the new legislation, anyone who ‘compels or entices a transgender person’ to beg could face jail time of up to two years – a clause that campaigners say could be misused to imprison transgender people

India’s transgender community says new law doesn’t protect members and may even make them more vulnerable
Cambodia’s surrogate mothers go free after agreeing to raise Chinese children but some see it as a mixed blessing

Southeast Asia has long been a top destination for couples seeking surrogate mothers. Thailand banned the practice in 2015 after several high-profile cases, followed by Cambodia in 2016

11 Dec 2018 - 10:57PM

Southeast Asia has long been a top destination for couples seeking surrogate mothers. Thailand banned the practice in 2015 after several high-profile cases, followed by Cambodia in 2016

Cambodia’s surrogate mothers go free after agreeing to raise Chinese children but some see it as a mixed blessing
Malaysia vows action against world’s top glovemaker over migrants’ illegal overtime

Top Glove admitted breaching labour laws that affected about 11,000 workers who had come from Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.

11 Dec 2018 - 5:20AM

Top Glove admitted breaching labour laws that affected about 11,000 workers who had come from Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.

Malaysia vows action against world’s top glovemaker over migrants’ illegal overtime
Disney doll factory in China accused of underpaying women workers

Undercover investigation by human rights groups finds staff – most of whom are women – earn less than US$1.30 an hour

8 Dec 2018 - 2:33AM

Undercover investigation by human rights groups finds staff – most of whom are women – earn less than US$1.30 an hour

Disney doll factory in China accused of underpaying women workers
Classic ‘Christmas date rape song’ pulled from US radio station

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, recorded over the years by a range of star singers, has been dropped by WDOK in Cleveland due to objections from listeners.

4 Dec 2018 - 9:03PM

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, recorded over the years by a range of star singers, has been dropped by WDOK in Cleveland due to objections from listeners.

Classic ‘Christmas date rape song’ pulled from US radio station
This LGBT band is using music to fight Malaysian discrimination

Four-member group Shh...Diam!, whose lead singer is a 34-year-old transgender man, want to give LGBT+ people encouragement and change Malaysia’s skewed perceptions.

23 Nov 2018 - 8:02AM

Four-member group Shh...Diam!, whose lead singer is a 34-year-old transgender man, want to give LGBT+ people encouragement and change Malaysia’s skewed perceptions.

This LGBT band is using music to fight Malaysian discrimination
‘It’s the humanitarian thing to do’: Bangladesh urged to accept Canada’s offer to take Rohingya refugees

Offer was made in May when Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland visited the South Asian country

9 Nov 2018 - 8:58AM

Offer was made in May when Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland visited the South Asian country

‘It’s the humanitarian thing to do’: Bangladesh urged to accept Canada’s offer to take Rohingya refugees
Urban malnutrition affects hundreds of millions of people in Asia’s expanding cities – and the problem will get worse

Urban food policy must take into account transport, infrastructure, housing, education, and water and sanitation for greater impact, UN report notes

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM

Urban food policy must take into account transport, infrastructure, housing, education, and water and sanitation for greater impact, UN report notes

Urban malnutrition affects hundreds of millions of people in Asia’s expanding cities – and the problem will get worse
British couple arrested for enslaving Polish man in garden shed for four years

The man was kept in “degrading and disgusting” conditions, and forced to work for expired food, according to UK investigators

1 Nov 2018 - 5:39AM

The man was kept in “degrading and disgusting” conditions, and forced to work for expired food, according to UK investigators

British couple arrested for enslaving Polish man in garden shed for four years
Cambodia’s construction industry is booming – but it’s built on ‘blood bricks’ and modern slavery

Cambodia is one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies but inequality remains stark – two-bedroom flats in the capital sell for US$260,000 and up, more than 200 years’ wages for the average Cambodian.

16 Oct 2018 - 10:31PM

Cambodia is one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies but inequality remains stark – two-bedroom flats in the capital sell for US$260,000 and up, more than 200 years’ wages for the average Cambodian.

Cambodia’s construction industry is booming – but it’s built on ‘blood bricks’ and modern slavery
Persistent, resilient: why company hires refugees and the competitive advantage they give it

Sri Lanka, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East – think of countries where there were wars, and we’ve got people from them, says manager of Melbourne social enterprise that packs and delivers organic fruit and vegetables.

14 Oct 2018 - 8:48AM

Sri Lanka, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East – think of countries where there were wars, and we’ve got people from them, says manager of Melbourne social enterprise that packs and delivers organic fruit and vegetables.

Persistent, resilient: why company hires refugees and the competitive advantage they give it
Philippine resort Puerto Princesa chooses ‘morally correct’ low-carbon path

How a popular site can enjoy a green epiphany using solar panels, LED lights, rainwater harvesting, refillable bottles and bamboo roofs for extra cooling

9 Oct 2018 - 6:21PM

How a popular site can enjoy a green epiphany using solar panels, LED lights, rainwater harvesting, refillable bottles and bamboo roofs for extra cooling

Philippine resort Puerto Princesa chooses ‘morally correct’ low-carbon path
Bollywood’s ‘code of omerta’ on sexual harassment may finally be cracking under weight of #MeToo movement

The tight-knit nature of the lucrative industry, much of which is controlled by a handful of powerful families, may yet undermine transparency as big players could close ranks against accusers.

4 Oct 2018 - 9:00PM

The tight-knit nature of the lucrative industry, much of which is controlled by a handful of powerful families, may yet undermine transparency as big players could close ranks against accusers.

Bollywood’s ‘code of omerta’ on sexual harassment may finally be cracking under weight of #MeToo movement
Grime star Karnage Kills takes on homophobia, challenges the genre’s macho culture

The young rapper stands out from the rest of grime music, with its violent, anti-gay messages. Instead, he uses his sexuality as a way to deal with the prejudice he has faced since he first uploaded videos to YouTube.

2 Oct 2018 - 3:25AM

The young rapper stands out from the rest of grime music, with its violent, anti-gay messages. Instead, he uses his sexuality as a way to deal with the prejudice he has faced since he first uploaded videos to YouTube.

Grime star Karnage Kills takes on homophobia, challenges the genre’s macho culture
Troll-hugger, anarchist and activist: meet the transgender government minister taking on Taiwan’s social problems
Asia’s rising appetite for meat, seafood will ‘strain environment’

Growing demand for food will increase greenhouse gas emissions from 2.9 billion tonnes of CO2 per year to 5.4 billion tonnes – the equivalent of the lifetime emissions of 95 million cars, according to researchers

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Growing demand for food will increase greenhouse gas emissions from 2.9 billion tonnes of CO2 per year to 5.4 billion tonnes – the equivalent of the lifetime emissions of 95 million cars, according to researchers

Asia’s rising appetite for meat, seafood will ‘strain environment’
Will banning Chinese and other foreign buyers solve homelessness in New Zealand?

Reaction to the ban is mixed, with some analysts saying it may help boost affordability, while campaigners say it would not solve the more pressing problem of homelessness.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Reaction to the ban is mixed, with some analysts saying it may help boost affordability, while campaigners say it would not solve the more pressing problem of homelessness.

Will banning Chinese and other foreign buyers solve homelessness in New Zealand?
Global food wastage could hit 2 billion tonnes by 2020, in ‘staggering’ crisis, study says

“When we fight food loss and waste, we also fight hunger, poverty and global warming.”

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

“When we fight food loss and waste, we also fight hunger, poverty and global warming.”

Global food wastage could hit 2 billion tonnes by 2020, in ‘staggering’ crisis, study says