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10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: watchdog

Eritrea is the world's worst country for press censorship, a media watchdog said Tuesday in a report which also cites extreme measures in nine other countries including North Korea, China and Saudi Arabia.

Hundreds of schools shut as forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia

Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia's rainforests -- some of the world's biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools across Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday.

HK's Joshua Wong meets German foreign minister to seek support

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong has met Germany's foreign minister during a visit to Berlin as he carries abroad his call to support the growing pro-democracy movement in the former British colony.

The invisible poor

The official 0.4% poverty rate has been grossly underestimated and does not reflect the realistic circumstances.

Typhoon stranded 17,000 at Tokyo airport: operator

Around 17,000 passengers were stranded overnight at Tokyo's Narita Airport, an official said Tuesday, after it took a direct hit from a powerful typhoon that caused transport chaos throughout the capital.

Escape games go global from humble Hungary origins

When Attila Gyurkovics created Europe's first escape game in Budapest, all he needed was some padlocks, a cellar, and a large helping of audacity.

Ancient DNA study illuminates Indo-European language origins

For decades, researchers have debated how Indo-European languages came to be spoken from the British Isles to South Asia.

Angry residents send German wind industry spinning

Wind power is a key pillar in Germany's ambitious renewables transition plan, but the sector has struck strong resistance, forcing the Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to open talks on the crisis.

Copy cat: Chinese firm creates first cloned kitten

Seven months after Huang Yu's pet cat Garlic died, the British shorthair was given a 10th life.

Confusion clouds China's social credit system

From penalising irresponsible dog owners to blacklisting dissenters, critics warn China's social credit system enables authorities to define "desirable and undesirable behaviour" and could allow unprecedented control of citizen's lives.


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