World features

Albright: Why Modi visit crucial for US, India, world

29 Aug 2015
Editor's note: Madeleine Albright served as US secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. She is chair of the Albright‎ Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm that assists clients -- from...
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Syrians use Facebook to plan, document journey to Europe

19 Aug 2015
When Wael and his relatives from Syria climbed into an inflatable boat in the dead of night to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, they abandoned all their belongings -- except their smartphones.   "Our phones and power banks...
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Report: Air traffic controllers pinned errors on fatigue

File illustration photo shows an Air China flight landing at the Beijing Capital International airport. China will build 70 new airports within the next three years, the head of the country's aviation watchdog said Monday.
12 Aug 2015
Many of America's air traffic controllers suffer from chronic fatigue, potentially putting fliers at risk, according to a study conducted by NASA.   Air traffic controllers are responsible for making sure skies over the United...
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South Korean 'love hotels' clean up act to woo youthful clients

A employee checks an empty room at a branch of Hotel Yaja in Seoul, South Korea, July 21, 2015.
 
12 Aug 2015
The grimy windows, racks of adult videos and red bedroom lights are disappearing from South Korea's short-stay hotels as they move upmarket to lure young people who are shedding conservative attitudes in favor of more openness about...
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ILO: 200 million unemployed, 169 million working children

09 Aug 2015
International Labor organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder said there are 200 million unemployed people in the world, an increase of 30 million since the global financial crisis of 2008, of which 74 million are young people between...
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Spokesman: Afghan government investigating reports Mullah Omar is dead

29 Jul 2015
The Afghan government is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead, a spokesman for the president's office said on Wednesday.   Afghan and Pakistani media reports this week said that the leader...
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Activist couple test gay rights barriers in conservative Korea

28 Jul 2015
Growing up as a young gay man in South Korea in the 1970s and 80s, film director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo was warned that his homosexual "disease" would condemn him to a life of loveless, insatiable promiscuity.   "From an...
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Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

28 Jul 2015
"The first time she hit me was pay day; she told me to sign my name on a piece of paper, but I asked, 'why should I sign when you didn't give me the money?' Then, she hit me."   A 30-year-old Indonesian domestic...
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Disaster has displaced 1 person per second in the last 7 years

Displaced people in Bentiu, South Sudan on December 22, 2013
20 Jul 2015
At least 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2014, with at least one person every second displaced by a disaster in the last seven years, according to a report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) ...
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Chattanooga stirs US Muslims' concerns about radicalization

19 Jul 2015
Addressing his congregation on the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez implored worshipers to combat Muslim extremism in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed five servicemen in Tennessee...
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