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On death row in Saudi Arabia

When Mohammad Afzal, a textile mill worker, was told that he could get better employment and also a chance to perform umrah, he jumped at the opportunity. Poor and uneducated, he had little idea what...

Updated : 2015.02.03 18:52

Kids behind the question pope could not answer

MANILA ― Former street children Jun Chura, 14, and Glyzelle Iris Palomar, 12, are hoping that their unforgettable encounter with Pope Francis will move other people to help build better lives for th...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:38

Art of making brushes at risk

In the workshop of the Wangyipin Brush Pen Store in Huzhou, 29-year-old Shi Wangli brushes goat fur in water with an ox horn comb to select appropriate strands to make a traditional Chinese brush pen...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:34

Sonia Gandhi biography a big hit in India

In 2010, when Spanish author Javier Moro wanted to publish his dramatized biography of the life of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in India, he was threatened with legal action and his effigy was bur...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:34

No books, no bags, no shoes, no uniforms

MANEK URAI, Malaysia ― It was like a war zone, everything was in ruins. What was sadder still was that things were just the way they had been when I came to this town 100 km from Kota Baru a week ag...

Updated : 2015.01.20 19:57

‘New challenges as Singapore enters next 50 years’

Singapore has come a long way in the last 50 years, but this milestone should be seen less as a final destination than a springboard to an even better future, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In...

Updated : 2015.01.20 19:57

Kabuki fans answer call for yellers

OSAKA, Japan ― “Matsushima-ya!” Nine men and women in their 50s and 60s enthusiastically shouted as they watched a video of a kabuki play in Chuo Ward, Osaka. They were being schooled in the art of y...

Updated : 2015.01.20 19:56

Pangkalan Bun: A small town with a big heart

On a hot morning last Sunday, Ms. Saptuyah, 37, bought 200 packets of nasi bungkus ― takeaway rice meal ― and set out on a delivery. With the help of two friends, she took 150 packets to the milit...

Updated : 2015.01.13 21:03

Drawing on heritage

Street art ― some as high as 15 m ― is drawing droves of visitors to Malaysia’s old towns. Many have catapulted the buildings that serve as canvasses to fame while others have drawn the public’s ...

Updated : 2015.01.13 21:02

Fighting for gender equality in Malaysia

Mary Shanthi Dairiam, 75, has spent half her life advocating for human rights and women’s rights all over the world. She is currently the founding director of the International Women’s Rights Acti...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:50

Look out, there’s a robot just waiting to take over your job

They are cheaper, don’t get tired, won’t strike, and they might be better than you. In a restaurant newly opened in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, four robots are busy waiting tables. The r...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:49

Jakarta teens seek to end violence against women

Watching movies, hanging out in a shopping mall or chatting in a coffee shop ― these are the perceptions most people have about the ways teenagers spend their weekend, but for some young girls a chan...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:49

Business as usual for Ikea hacker

When Yap Mei Mei, or Jules as she is better known online, said she was thinking about becoming a full-time blogger, no one really took her seriously. Little did her family and friends know that Yap’...

Updated : 2014.12.31 21:04

For love ― and luxury

It is easier than ever to buy overseas items, but that’s not the real reason behind the booming ranks of China’s “haitao” consumers. Liu Xin, 32, a Beijing local, has been buying products for he...

Updated : 2014.12.31 21:03

Restaurants bring back tableside service despite labor crunch

It used to be fashionable for restaurant waiters to finish a dish tableside, usually by dousing it with alcohol and setting it alight, before portioning and serving it. This sort of thing went out o...

Updated : 2014.12.31 21:02