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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

Memories of massacre made public

In her grievance form submitted to then-Nanjing mayor Ma Chaojun during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), the 80-year-old widow recalled how Japanese soldiers cleaved her g...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:41

The sweet life

This guy has put a new spin on cotton candy. Arnold Castro, who didn’t get the chance to enjoy the sweet confection as a child, now spends his days spinning sugar into the melt-in-the-mouth cotton ...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:40

Bollywood’s trailblazer

Bollywood likes what are known in the industry as “in character” appearances. When Indian superstar Aamir Khan walks into the conference room at the plush Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai to promote ...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:36

Bride or brothel

The two traffickers were detected and stopped by police as they were boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. They had three women with them, bought from their families for around $470 each,...

Updated : 2014.12.09 21:00

High-tech toys attract adults as well as kids

With Christmas approaching, many children are filled with joyful expectations for this year’s presents. But today’s toys have become increasingly high-tech, attracting not only kids but adults as w...

Updated : 2014.12.09 20:59

Little India riot: One year later

Every Sunday, from the living room of his third-floor Housing Board flat in Little India’s Buffalo Road, Singaporean Jumani Hori can see foreign workers playing cricket on a grass patch along Tekka ...

Updated : 2014.12.09 20:59

Colors of the mountain

Doi Tung in Chiang Rai province will be ablaze with color next weekend and for once it won’t just be the flowers in Mae Fah Luang Garden providing the stunning hues. Visitors will also be able to e...

Updated : 2014.12.02 21:06

Remembering fellow heroes

Barbara McMurrey, a 73-year-old from Texas, believes that her father, Maj. William McMurrey, still has a guiding hand on her, 70 years after his death. “I was 3 when he was killed in 1944, during a...

Updated : 2014.12.02 21:06

Tales of a taxi ‘uncle’

On my fourth day as a taxi driver, I drove for six hours at night with just one five-minute toilet break. It was past midnight when I headed home and absent-mindedly got into the wrong lane at the j...

Updated : 2014.12.02 21:05