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4 August 2019

Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire make legal strides for women and children’s rights 

In July 2019, Mozambique and Cote d'Ivoire were the latest countries in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen marriage laws to empower girls and women. But implementation and enforcement remain a challenge.

2 August 2019

Cannabis advocates petition Trinidad & Tobago parliament to enact existing medical marijuana legislation

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health has never exercised its power to issue cannabis licences "for medicinal or scientific purposes”; supporters of marijuana legalisation think it's long overdue.

26 July 2019

Video of the military using violent methods divides public opinion and highlights gravity of the attacks in northern Mozambique

"Mozambican president, Filipe Nyusi, called the attacks acts of terrorism and promised the military would continue the combat on the ground and would not rest until peace is restored."

23 July 2019

Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?

As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.

Life in Panghsang, a Chinese enclave in Myanmar's Wa region

Despite its location on the Myanmar side of the border, on a stroll around the town, you may believe you’re in China.

16 July 2019

‘No VAT on Pad’ protests prompt Bangladesh government to remove proposed tax

Amidst protests, the Bangladesh government decided to scrap the proposed increase of VAT and supplementary duty on the manufacturing materials for locally made sanitary pads.

11 July 2019

The ‘water attack’ of Chinese tech exec opens a flood gate of complaints against the company

"The whole country knows what the problem is and only Robin Li and his PR team pretend that they don’t know."

10 July 2019

This is how Hungarian villages fought back against planned nuclear waste repositories in the 1980s

"We've done a lot of things that were very new at that time."

4 July 2019

Trinidad & Tobago set to decriminalise marijuana, joining other Caribbean islands

Trinidad and Tobago looks like it may soon join a handful of Caribbean nations that have decriminalised marijuana. 

29 June 2019

Tanzania reinstates controversial sanitary pad tax

Bringing back the tax on sanitary pads in Tanzania has triggered a major debate on the impact it will have on girls and women.

28 June 2019

Record sales, empty seats: The dark paradox behind this year's Copa America football tournament

Expensive tickets have ensured hefty profits for football federations while excluding most South American fans from enjoying the sport they love.

26 June 2019

Kim Kardashian's ‘Kimono’ clothing line causes consternation in Japan and around the world

Kardashian's line of lingerie bears no similarity to its Japanese namesake garment.

23 June 2019

‘I found myself in life': Armenian barber excels as a counsellor for his elderly compatriots

One customer worries about the weakness in his legs following a stroke, another about "young boys with hair like women."

21 June 2019

Years after eviction by an oil extraction project, a Ugandan community waits for justice

The Bridge

Uganda’s oil reserves can potentially bring in revenue of over US$50 billion over 25 years, but extraction projects are happening in areas where land rights and tenure are not clearly...

17 June 2019

Demolition of a 150-year-old building highlights government neglect of Bangladesh's heritage sites

"The building had such remarkable designs which were rare to find in other buildings in the old parts of Dhaka. So [it] needed to be saved."

15 June 2019

Visas now required for Venezuelans as Trinidad and Tobago concludes migrant registration process

A group of protestors outside a registration centre in the nation's capital called for the "closure of the borders" of the twin-island nation.

13 June 2019

#KuToo: Japan petition against high heels in the workplace gains worldwide support

In Japan, employers are legally entitled to demand female employees wear uncomfortable high heels or pumps.

11 June 2019

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

RuNet Echo

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

Vietnamese victims of 2016 marine disaster have filed a landmark lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan

A group of 7,875 Vietnamese plaintiffs launched a lawsuit in Taiwan against Formosa Plastics Group and other smaller stakeholders of the Ha Tinh Steel Corporation based in Vietnam.

10 June 2019

In Nigeria, tensions rise in Kano Kingdom as king faces finance corruption charges

King Sanusi II and all other suspects may be suspended, pending further investigation into financial fraud and misuse investigated by the anti-corruption commission.