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UK appoints 'minister for loneliness'

London - Britain appointed a "minister for loneliness" on Wednesday to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May described as "the sad reality of modern life" affecting millions of people.

Women of Colombia's emerald mines shine after smashing taboo

Coper - For decades, women like Rosalba Canon were banned from Colombia's emerald mines: men said they brought bad luck.

Tunisia anti-austerity protests: what next?

Tunis - Tunisia has been shaken by a wave of protests against austerity measures that have seen nearly 800 people arrested over the past few days.

Professor sacked as #MeToo reaches China

Bejing - A professor at a prominent Chinese university has been sacked after a former student's accusations of sexual harassment went viral.

Time over money? German union champions 28-hour week

Frankfurt Am Main - Tens of thousands of German workers downed tools this week as the country's largest union ramped up its battle for the right to a 28-hour week.

Lithuania hides booze ads from drinkers with stickers

Vilnius - Lithuanian press distributors said Wednesday they had started plastering over alcohol ads in foreign magazines with special stickers under a new advertising ban aimed at curbing some of the world's heaviest drinking.

Lithuania hides booze ads from drinkers with stickers

Vilnius - Lithuanian press distributors said Wednesday they had started plastering over alcohol ads in foreign magazines with special stickers under a new advertising ban aimed at curbing some of the world's heaviest drinking.

Poisonous and running out: Pakistan's water crisis

Islamabad - Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by Pakistan's severely polluted and decreasing water supplies.

Queues at Sudan bakeries as bread prices soar

Khartoum - Angry Sudanese queued outside bakeries in Khartoum on Friday as bread prices doubled overnight, with bakers blaming a government decision to stop importing wheat.

Lithuanian doctors rally for pay rise to halt exodus

Vilnius - A thousand young Lithuanian doctors rallied in Vilnius on Thursday demanding faster wage growth that would stop their exodus from the Baltic eurozone state to richer western European nations.

Head of New York City Ballet retires after abuse allegations: report

New York - Peter Martins, the renowned head of the New York City Ballet, announced his retirement Monday following allegations of sexual harassment and physical abuse, according to a report in the New York Times.

January 1 marks mass birthday in Afghanistan

Kabul - January 1 is Samad Alawi's birthday. It's also the birthday of his wife, his two sons, 32 of his friends and thousands of other Afghans -- a date chosen for convenience by a generation who do not know when they were born.

Hundreds risk lives in Morocco 'mines of death'

Jerada - They call them "the mines of death". In the neglected northern Moroccan mining city of Jerada, hundreds of people risk their lives every day to scrape a meagre living from perilous abandoned coal pits.

K-pop stars carry suicide singer's coffin

Seoul - Six of K-pop's biggest stars carried the coffin of fellow singer Kim Jong-Hyun to a hearse Thursday, after he died leaving behind a suicide note that spoke of his battle with loneliness and depression.

Bustling Beijing migrant area turns into ghost town

Bejing - The narrow alleyways of the Beijing migrant neighbourhood were once crammed with men cooking on outdoor stoves, women hanging clothes to dry and young children playing games.

Bermuda groups assail vote to rescind same-sex marriage rights

Washington - A vote by Bermuda's lower chamber to rescind same-sex marriage rights granted only months ago has drawn sharp criticism from island groups and many politicians in the British overseas territory.

Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandal

Chon Buri - A Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said Sunday, citing the results of an autopsy ahead of the teenager's funeral.

For Berliners, life in techno capital is not always a party

Berlin - Party-goers and tourists love Berlin, the capital of techno and home to a vibrant art scene.But behind the trendy facade lies an overstretched adminstration battling chronic understaffing and drastic cost cuts.

Volcanic eruptions no match for cockfighting, Bali-style

Karangasem - A volcano may be rumbling off in the distance, but for a group of Balinese men and their fighting roosters it's the roar of the crowd that says the show must go on.

In helping earthquake victims, life lessons for Haiti youth

Cabaret - In the hills of Cabaret, western Haiti, locals and young volunteers from the capital Port-au-Prince prepare cement, stationed between the wooden wall of Pierre Salnave Saint-Felix's new home, and the crumbling mud wall of the shelter he has survived in...

The 'Rat Eaters' of Bihar: India's poorest people?

Kako - The rat kept crawling over Phekan Manjhi's arm as he battled to pin it to the ground before he eventually managed to kill it with repeated blows to the head.

Obama calls for more women in power as 'men seem to be having problems'

Paris - Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday called for more women to be put in positions of power "because men seem to be having some problems these days".

'Inclusive' Hungary playgrounds for disabled kids

Budapest - Shrieks of laughter by non-disabled and disabled children having fun together at Hungarian playgrounds are becoming more common thanks to some determined parents turned innovative designers.

Dying alone in the world's most populous city

Toukyo - The stench of flesh rotting on a sultry day fills the air as cleaner Hidemitsu Ohshima steps into a tiny Tokyo apartment where a dead man lay decomposing for three weeks.

HIV denial movement fuels Russian epidemic

Moscow - Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the AIDS-causing virus is a myth invented by the West, officials and activists say.

Co-working provider WeWork to acquire Meetup social platform

WeWork has announced it will purchase online community platform Meetup in its latest major acquisition. WeWork is reportedly valued at $20bn and is a leader in the co-working space market. Meetup aims to "use the internet to get people off the internet."

Beijing evicts migrants onto cold streets, sparking outcry

Bejing - Two dozen police swept through the pitch-black frigid hallways of tenement buildings in a ramshackle neighbourhood of northern Beijing, posting eviction notices on every door with heavy thumps of their fists.

Finding refuge in Russia's first LGBT shelter

Moscow - Nicole spent nine months this year locked up at home, where his parents "beat and humiliated" him for wanting to transition to female, before escaping and seeking refuge in Russia's first LGBT shelter.

India acid attack victims defiant on the haute couture catwalk

New Delhi - Nine women disfigured by acid became defiant models Saturday at the first haute couture fashion show for the survivors of the growing scourge of acid attacks in India.

Thai army under pressure to explain cadet's missing organs

Bangkok - Thailand's military faced mounting pressure on Friday to explain the murky death of a teenage army cadet, whose case has seized national attention after his parents discovered his organs were mysteriously removed from his body.
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