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Pagodas in the mist

Long billed as the “Land of Pagodas”, Myanmar does nothing if not live up to its name. It’s 5:30 p.m. in Bagan and I’m standing at the top of stupa 305 with a small group of others travelers waiti...

Updated : 2015.03.24 18:32

Releasing tigers a risky business

Following India’s success in protecting endangered tigers, Cambodia says it wants to get some of the big cats from India and reintroduce them to its Cardamoms mountain range.Indonesia, which has only...

Updated : 2015.03.24 18:31

Health warning for working women

China’s workforce has changed rapidly over the past few decades, with the number of women who go out to work steadily rising.Since many women continue in paid employment while juggling their responsi...

Updated : 2015.03.17 20:26

Crusading for equality on bikes

Three cats. Four kids. A sprawling house in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Life for hijab-wearing suburban mum Nurulalis Aidil Akhbar seems ordinary ... until the weekend rolls around.Come Saturdays and Sunda...

Updated : 2015.03.17 20:25

Ethnic Chinese ring in New Year in Thailand

Thailand’s popular Crown Princess Sirindhorn opened three days of raucous festivities in Bangkok’s Chinatown on Feb. 19, walked with the dragon dancers and mingled with the thousands of people who f...

Updated : 2015.02.24 19:41

Poor facilities in China pull plug on electric cars

Li Yongning is a regular visitor to the Huamao Centre, a busy business cluster in the Chaoyang district of Beijing that houses famous designer outlets, high-end jewelry shops and fine restaurants.Howe...

Updated : 2015.02.24 19:40

A street kid made good

What he remembers most about his life in the streets was the freedom. For three years since he turned 5, Ricky Nieco spent most of his days roaming Manila’s mean streets, begging for coins from anyon...

Updated : 2015.02.17 16:28

Faces: The Farmers’ Odyssey

There is something about a human face that is both captivating and mystifying. One’s countenance divulges the subtle intimations of the inner man, try as one might to hide it.This is material for pho...

Updated : 2015.02.17 16:24

Virtual lovers in demand, but some fail to impress

Liang Shu applied for a very special part-time job when she was a freshman ― being a virtual girlfriend, or paid online girlfriend, to total strangers.“I thought it would be fun and make me some extra money as well,” said the 19-year-old student in Shanghai.“All the job requires is tha...

Updated : 2015.02.17 16:20

Hard life for Manila’s hungry street urchins

At a busy corner of Roxas Boulevard arcing Manila Bay, Dennis, only 3 years old but spunky, dashes for a jeepney ― a repurposed passenger jeep ― as it waits for the light to turn green.He dives into...

Updated : 2015.02.10 19:19

Hong Kong media mogul admired and loathed in equal parts

Toting a backpack and wearing baggy blue jeans, with a yellow pro-democracy ribbon tacked onto a shirt button, a portly man blends into the flanks of activists waiting to be arrested ― almost. Jimmy ...

Updated : 2015.02.03 18:55

What it means to be poor

How much food can we get with 7 ringgit ($1.94)?Stefen Chow, a Beijing-based Malaysian photographer, is calling on the public to join in “The Poverty Line” project by submitting photographs of food ...

Updated : 2015.02.03 18:54

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 was happening and happily went off with Mohammad Arshad, a man who claimed to be an overse...

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 the...

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