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Singaporeans return to work, using smartphone apps and QR codes to fight coronavirus

Singapore, along with Taiwan, South Korea and China, was quick to embrace technology to map the coronavirus outbreak early on with contact tracing, robots and drones.

6 Jul 2020 - 10:15AM

Singapore, along with Taiwan, South Korea and China, was quick to embrace technology to map the coronavirus outbreak early on with contact tracing, robots and drones.

Singaporeans return to work, using smartphone apps and QR codes to fight coronavirus
New climate fund for Southeast Asia targets US$2.5 billion in clean energy investment

The Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility is managed by Singapore-based Clime Capital, with an initial investment of US$10 million and a focus on getting new projects under way in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

30 Jun 2020 - 8:29PM

The Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility is managed by Singapore-based Clime Capital, with an initial investment of US$10 million and a focus on getting new projects under way in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

New climate fund for Southeast Asia targets US$2.5 billion in clean energy investment
Quarantine a tradition for the forest people of Sumatra – Covid-19 pandemic meant they just updated the rules

The seminomadic Orang Rimba’s customary health rules include 24-hour quarantine for those who return from outside the forest. For Covid-19, tribal elders tightened the rules. They also believe if you say the name of a disease you’ll have it.

28 Jun 2020 - 5:54PM

The seminomadic Orang Rimba’s customary health rules include 24-hour quarantine for those who return from outside the forest. For Covid-19, tribal elders tightened the rules. They also believe if you say the name of a disease you’ll have it.

Quarantine a tradition for the forest people of Sumatra – Covid-19 pandemic meant they just updated the rules
Popular Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry jailed for ‘debauchery’ after TikTok posts

Dancer denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

28 Jun 2020 - 9:34PM

Dancer denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

Popular Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry jailed for ‘debauchery’ after TikTok posts
Coronavirus: Bangladesh sex workers beaten up by brokers as customers stay away

Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers, and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling to survive.

27 Jun 2020 - 8:34PM

Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers, and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling to survive.

Coronavirus: Bangladesh sex workers beaten up by brokers as customers stay away
From Eiffel Tower to Leaning Tower of Pisa, Covid-19 measures at Europe’s tourist attractions make for a very different holiday

As Europe’s tourism industry tentatively reopens, attractions from Paris’ Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum in Rome have introduced measures to minimise the risk of new outbreaks – some more convenient than others.

29 Jun 2020 - 10:41AM

As Europe’s tourism industry tentatively reopens, attractions from Paris’ Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum in Rome have introduced measures to minimise the risk of new outbreaks – some more convenient than others.

From Eiffel Tower to Leaning Tower of Pisa, Covid-19 measures at Europe’s tourist attractions make for a very different holiday
Pink Dot: Singapore LGBT rally to go ahead online despite huge petition against it, organisers say

The petition, signed by more than 28,000 people, said it was started by parents who were ‘deeply troubled’ that the event would reach children this year ‘without restraint’, exposing them to ‘homosexuality as a lifestyle’.

23 Jun 2020 - 6:51PM

The petition, signed by more than 28,000 people, said it was started by parents who were ‘deeply troubled’ that the event would reach children this year ‘without restraint’, exposing them to ‘homosexuality as a lifestyle’.

Pink Dot: Singapore LGBT rally to go ahead online despite huge petition against it, organisers say
Nature’s answer to rising sea levels – why the Maldives and other low-lying coral islands may not be doomed by climate change

Coral island chains such as the Maldives may not be threatened by climate change and rising sea levels, as many fear. Recent research shows they rise above the waves naturally.

18 Jun 2020 - 12:45PM

Coral island chains such as the Maldives may not be threatened by climate change and rising sea levels, as many fear. Recent research shows they rise above the waves naturally.

Nature’s answer to rising sea levels – why the Maldives and other low-lying coral islands may not be doomed by climate change
Coronavirus: Singapore must reject ‘not in my backyard’ mindset when rehousing migrant workers, top official says

Low-income foreign workers packed into bunk rooms that lack proper hygiene facilities account for more than 90 per cent of Singapore’s 38,000 Covid-19 cases.

11 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

Low-income foreign workers packed into bunk rooms that lack proper hygiene facilities account for more than 90 per cent of Singapore’s 38,000 Covid-19 cases.

Coronavirus: Singapore must reject ‘not in my backyard’ mindset when rehousing migrant workers, top official says
Priyanka Chopra, other Bollywood stars slammed for ‘hypocrisy’ on US racism after endorsing skin-whitening creams

The actress was criticised for her remarks after the death of George Floyd, given she’s one of many Bollywood stars to have endorsed skin-whitening products.

9 Jun 2020 - 8:32AM

The actress was criticised for her remarks after the death of George Floyd, given she’s one of many Bollywood stars to have endorsed skin-whitening products.

Priyanka Chopra, other Bollywood stars slammed for ‘hypocrisy’ on US racism after endorsing skin-whitening creams
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling faces renewed backlash over ‘transphobic’ tweets

Rowling said her comments were not intended to offend the trans community and only meant to highlight that ‘sex is real and has lived consequences’.

7 Jun 2020 - 8:27PM

Rowling said her comments were not intended to offend the trans community and only meant to highlight that ‘sex is real and has lived consequences’.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling faces renewed backlash over ‘transphobic’ tweets
Singapore jails man who took 1,400 upskirt videos of women and girls

The 35-year-old Singaporean used his mobile phone, spy watches and spy pens to carry out the crimes.

6 Jun 2020 - 10:38PM

The 35-year-old Singaporean used his mobile phone, spy watches and spy pens to carry out the crimes.

Singapore jails man who took 1,400 upskirt videos of women and girls
Online child sex abuse cases triple in the Philippines, as lockdown fuels cybersex trafficking

Fast, cheap internet and increased mobile phone ownership have led to more live-streamed abuse, and coronavirus lockdown made children more vulnerable.

30 May 2020 - 9:20PM

Fast, cheap internet and increased mobile phone ownership have led to more live-streamed abuse, and coronavirus lockdown made children more vulnerable.

Online child sex abuse cases triple in the Philippines, as lockdown fuels cybersex trafficking
Coronavirus pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years, UN says

Crisis will erase all progress of past six years, according to report; six out of 10 children globally not getting education due to school closures.

21 May 2020 - 4:35AM

Crisis will erase all progress of past six years, according to report; six out of 10 children globally not getting education due to school closures.

Coronavirus pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years, UN says
Migrant workers face cruel summer as Covid-19 batters European tourism

The livelihoods of millions of migrants working in seasonal catering and hotel jobs are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on Europe’s tourism industry.

16 May 2020 - 10:16PM

The livelihoods of millions of migrants working in seasonal catering and hotel jobs are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on Europe’s tourism industry.

Migrant workers face cruel summer as Covid-19 batters European tourism
As coronavirus crisis widens, calls rise for countries to allow gay men to donate blood

Blood supplies around the world are facing unprecedented pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

4 Apr 2020 - 11:11PM

Blood supplies around the world are facing unprecedented pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As coronavirus crisis widens, calls rise for countries to allow gay men to donate blood
Thai police pressured to increase human trafficking charges to improve nation’s image, prosecutors claim

Prosecutors claim police have been instructed to increase trafficking figures amid concerns about the dwindling number.

28 Jan 2020 - 8:44PM

Prosecutors claim police have been instructed to increase trafficking figures amid concerns about the dwindling number.

Thai police pressured to increase human trafficking charges to improve nation’s image, prosecutors claim
India’s female lawmakers face online abuse, rape and death threats

A study by Amnesty International India found that 95 of the country’s female politicians received nearly 1 million hateful mentions on Twitter during last year’s election campaign.

23 Jan 2020 - 11:19PM

A study by Amnesty International India found that 95 of the country’s female politicians received nearly 1 million hateful mentions on Twitter during last year’s election campaign.

India’s female lawmakers face online abuse, rape and death threats
Chinese investment drives Cambodia’s construction boom but deadly collapses prompt calls for freeze

Chinese tourism and investment has helped fuel an industry worth US$5.4 billion in 2017 but safety is lax and child labour is rife.

9 Jan 2020 - 8:34PM

Chinese tourism and investment has helped fuel an industry worth US$5.4 billion in 2017 but safety is lax and child labour is rife.

Chinese investment drives Cambodia’s construction boom but deadly collapses prompt calls for freeze
Living in Africa’s most expensive city, where rents rival New York and London

Chad is one of the world’s poorest countries, but in its capital, N’Djamena, rents can cost upwards of US$2,000 a month for a two-bedroom flat in the city centre.

19 Dec 2019 - 7:29PM

Chad is one of the world’s poorest countries, but in its capital, N’Djamena, rents can cost upwards of US$2,000 a month for a two-bedroom flat in the city centre.

Living in Africa’s most expensive city, where rents rival New York and London
Space hotels of the future: for US$9.5 million you can play table tennis in zero gravity with the best views of Earth

Tired of your ordinary earthly holidays? Some day soon you might be able to board a rocket and get a room with a view – of the whole planet – from a hotel in space.

2 Dec 2019 - 9:51PM

Tired of your ordinary earthly holidays? Some day soon you might be able to board a rocket and get a room with a view – of the whole planet – from a hotel in space.

Space hotels of the future: for US$9.5 million you can play table tennis in zero gravity with the best views of Earth
Singaporean women at greater risk of online sex crime, including stalking and revenge porn, advocates warn

Singapore’s home affairs ministry said it did not track sexual violence cases that used technology but campaigners want tougher, specific penalties.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:00AM

Singapore’s home affairs ministry said it did not track sexual violence cases that used technology but campaigners want tougher, specific penalties.

Singaporean women at greater risk of online sex crime, including stalking and revenge porn, advocates warn
Uganda denies plan to revive its ‘Kill the Gays’ law amid global concern

Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan to reintroduce an anti-homosexuality bill.

15 Oct 2019 - 3:13AM

Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan to reintroduce an anti-homosexuality bill.

Uganda denies plan to revive its ‘Kill the Gays’ law amid global concern
Your travel plans may have to change: 6 tourist destinations, from beaches to Everest, closing

Mass tourism has damaged some of the world’s most popular sites, forcing them to close to travellers temporarily

30 Sep 2019 - 10:26AM

Mass tourism has damaged some of the world’s most popular sites, forcing them to close to travellers temporarily

Your travel plans may have to change: 6 tourist destinations, from beaches to Everest, closing
Inside the Thai bars where ‘child entertainers’ are trafficked and put to work

Sexual exploitation is the main form of modern-day slavery in Thailand – making up more than half of the 191 human trafficking cases recorded by the government so far this year.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:25AM

Sexual exploitation is the main form of modern-day slavery in Thailand – making up more than half of the 191 human trafficking cases recorded by the government so far this year.

Inside the Thai bars where ‘child entertainers’ are trafficked and put to work
Cybersex trafficking spreads across Southeast Asia, fuelled by internet boom. And the law lags behind

Undercover investigations in sexual abuse cases are not permitted under Cambodian law, hindering the authorities’ ability to catch criminals.

12 Sep 2019 - 1:52PM

Undercover investigations in sexual abuse cases are not permitted under Cambodian law, hindering the authorities’ ability to catch criminals.

Cybersex trafficking spreads across Southeast Asia, fuelled by internet boom. And the law lags behind
Malaysia's human trafficking court draws flak after just eight convictions in first year

Malaysia launched a special trafficking court in March 2018 but only 26 cases were cleared in the court’s first 15 months – with eight resulting in a conviction.

5 Sep 2019 - 10:48AM

Malaysia launched a special trafficking court in March 2018 but only 26 cases were cleared in the court’s first 15 months – with eight resulting in a conviction.

Malaysia's human trafficking court draws flak after just eight convictions in first year
Bangladesh top court drops ‘virgin’ status from marriage certificates

Marriage laws in the Muslim-majority country had required a bride to state on her marriage certificate if she was a kumari – meaning virgin – a widow, or divorced.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:20AM

Marriage laws in the Muslim-majority country had required a bride to state on her marriage certificate if she was a kumari – meaning virgin – a widow, or divorced.

Bangladesh top court drops ‘virgin’ status from marriage certificates
Women making Levis and Wrangler jeans forced to have sex to keep jobs at African factories

In wake of report, major US brands vow to crack down on pervasive sexual harassment at facilities in Lesotho.

16 Aug 2019 - 4:22AM

In wake of report, major US brands vow to crack down on pervasive sexual harassment at facilities in Lesotho.

Women making Levis and Wrangler jeans forced to have sex to keep jobs at African factories
Kyrgyzstan halts work at Chinese gold mine after 20 hurt in clashes over toxic spill fears

Workers and villagers threw stones at each other as 300 residents gathered to demand that operator Zhong Ji Mining stop work.

8 Aug 2019 - 10:07PM

Workers and villagers threw stones at each other as 300 residents gathered to demand that operator Zhong Ji Mining stop work.

Kyrgyzstan halts work at Chinese gold mine after 20 hurt in clashes over toxic spill fears