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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
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.

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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

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
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

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

‘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
‘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

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 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

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
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

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’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.

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
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.