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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
‘We don’t need a nanny state’: Malaysia censoring Rocketman gay scenes prompts pushback from fans of Elton John biopic

Scenes depicting gay sex and men kissing were cut from the film in Muslim-majority country. ‘We don’t need a nanny state,’ art critic who has seen the film says. Russia also censored Rocketman and Samoa banned it entirely.

1 Aug 2019 - 5:43PM

Scenes depicting gay sex and men kissing were cut from the film in Muslim-majority country. ‘We don’t need a nanny state,’ art critic who has seen the film says. Russia also censored Rocketman and Samoa banned it entirely.

‘We don’t need a nanny state’: Malaysia censoring Rocketman gay scenes prompts pushback from fans of Elton John biopic
Malaysian demand for cheap labour propels human trafficking in Thailand to record heights

Thailand has come under scrutiny in recent years for slavery and trafficking, especially in its seafood and sex industries. US State Department this year kept Thailand on a watch list and criticised it for not doing enough.

22 Jul 2019 - 2:31PM

Thailand has come under scrutiny in recent years for slavery and trafficking, especially in its seafood and sex industries. US State Department this year kept Thailand on a watch list and criticised it for not doing enough.

Malaysian demand for cheap labour propels human trafficking in Thailand to record heights
Thai cybersex traffickers target boys from wealthy families, blackmailing them by posing as girls

Some victims have been identified by their uniforms as they attend well-known private schools, police said. The growth of the internet and increased use of personal technology devices have fuelled the crime.

19 Jun 2019 - 4:51PM

Some victims have been identified by their uniforms as they attend well-known private schools, police said. The growth of the internet and increased use of personal technology devices have fuelled the crime.

Thai cybersex traffickers target boys from wealthy families, blackmailing them by posing as girls
Beijing is harvesting organs from Falun Gong members who died ‘hideous deaths’, expert China Tribunal panel finds

Beijing has repeatedly denied such accusations and said it stopped using organs from executed prisoners in 2015.

18 Jun 2019 - 6:16AM

Beijing has repeatedly denied such accusations and said it stopped using organs from executed prisoners in 2015.

Beijing is harvesting organs from Falun Gong members who died ‘hideous deaths’, expert China Tribunal panel finds
Experts say climate change poses a real threat to global peace in the next 10 years

Institute for Economics and Peace predicts climate change could cause conflict due to competition over diminishing resources.

12 Jun 2019 - 7:35PM

Institute for Economics and Peace predicts climate change could cause conflict due to competition over diminishing resources.

Experts say climate change poses a real threat to global peace in the next 10 years
Thailand needs neighbours’ help to stamp out slavery at sea in its multibillion-dollar fishing industry, says rights activist

Thai fishing vessels are increasingly registering in nearby countries, reportedly to avoid scrutiny of their treatment of migrant workers.

6 Jun 2019 - 12:01PM

Thai fishing vessels are increasingly registering in nearby countries, reportedly to avoid scrutiny of their treatment of migrant workers.

Thailand needs neighbours’ help to stamp out slavery at sea in its multibillion-dollar fishing industry, says rights activist
Insect-based foods: why eating bugs will be normal in 10 years, especially among young people

With predictions that the insect market could grow significantly, it is not just scientists cooking up ways to put bugs on the menu but also some of the world’s largest food and agricultural companies.

4 Jun 2019 - 6:00PM

With predictions that the insect market could grow significantly, it is not just scientists cooking up ways to put bugs on the menu but also some of the world’s largest food and agricultural companies.

Insect-based foods: why eating bugs will be normal in 10 years, especially among young people
Sultan of Brunei returns honorary Oxford degree after backlash against death penalty for gay sex and adultery

Seeking to temper the backlash, the sultan earlier this month said the death penalty would not be imposed.

24 May 2019 - 8:55AM

Seeking to temper the backlash, the sultan earlier this month said the death penalty would not be imposed.

Sultan of Brunei returns honorary Oxford degree after backlash against death penalty for gay sex and adultery
In Thailand, farming revolution rescued entire communities from opium addiction. But it can’t happen without land rights for villagers

Villagers were trained to reforest vast swathes of the hillside and grow coffee and macadamia.

15 May 2019 - 9:24PM

Villagers were trained to reforest vast swathes of the hillside and grow coffee and macadamia.

In Thailand, farming revolution rescued entire communities from opium addiction. But it can’t happen without land rights for villagers
‘We want justice’: Thousands march in streets of Indian Kashmir after rape of three-year-old girl

Police said the toddler was raped after being lured into an empty school by a neighbour. The girl’s mother followed her screams to find her bleeding inside a bathroom.

14 May 2019 - 1:40AM

Police said the toddler was raped after being lured into an empty school by a neighbour. The girl’s mother followed her screams to find her bleeding inside a bathroom.

‘We want justice’: Thousands march in streets of Indian Kashmir after rape of three-year-old girl
Asia’s first same-sex marriage law heads for vote in Taiwan

Campaigners want government’s draft bill passed in key vote on Friday.

13 May 2019 - 10:47PM

Campaigners want government’s draft bill passed in key vote on Friday.

Asia’s first same-sex marriage law heads for vote in Taiwan
Philippines targets cybersex trafficking but young victims are often left in limbo

The Philippines is cracking down on an illicit industry that has been fuelled by cheap internet, the high level of English and rampant poverty.

6 May 2019 - 10:12AM

The Philippines is cracking down on an illicit industry that has been fuelled by cheap internet, the high level of English and rampant poverty.

Philippines targets cybersex trafficking but young victims are often left in limbo
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