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Stripper send-off: China pledges crackdown on burlesque funerals
China’s Ministry of Culture issued a statement condemning the rural practice of having strippers dance at funerals to attract mourners. Crackdowns on the “uncivilized” practice were promised, threatening glorious afterlives across the country.

24.04.2015 06:59

Armenia, Turkey still at odds a century after 1915 massacre
As Armenians mark 100 years since over a million of their countrymen and women were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks, Yerevan and Ankara are still unable to find common ground on the sensitive issue and begin diplomatic relations.

23.04.2015 20:14

Armenia marks 100 years since genocide by Ottoman Turks
Armenians worldwide are marking an anniversary of an Ottoman genocide of up to 1.5 million of their people a century ago. Commemoration services are expected to draw millions in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, and abroad.

24.04.2015 03:40

Obama defends, pitches TPP trade deal as Democrats balk
President Barack Obama has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism over a pair of trade deals being negotiated among Pacific nations and the EU, mostly from his own party. On Thursday, he defended the deals as “vital” for the middle class.

24.04.2015 01:53

​Japan raises age limit for commercial pilots to 67 amid drastic shortage
Japan has lifted the age limit for commercial pilots to 67, in response to a drastic shortage of aircraft commanders in Asia. The move will result in Japan having the oldest pilots in the world.

23.04.2015 12:53

​Britain on trial: 1948 Malaya massacre case could crack open UK’s dark colonial past
A judicial review into the killing by British troops of 24 unarmed Malayan villagers could have far-reaching consequences for Britain, dredging up the country’s substantial backlog of violent colonial excesses.

22.04.2015 08:37

Radioactive drone found on Japan PM’s office roof
A drone marked with the radioactive sign and equipped with a camera, flare and water bottle, was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Tokyo office. A police investigation is underway.

22.04.2015 08:37

Unions, activists look to derail Trans-Pacific Partnership fast-track
Trade unions, populist activists and many Democratic lawmakers are rallying against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. They say the secretive treaty is harmful to US workers, the economy and environmental policies.

20.04.2015 21:52

​‘Human cost of cheap clothes’: Retail giants fail to pay Rana Plaza victims compensation
Roughly twelve clothing firms linked to Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory, which collapsed two years ago killing over 1,100 people, are yet to offer a single penny into a fund for the families of victims who lost their lives in the disaster.

20.04.2015 14:44

​Bee-ware: ‘Very aggressive, deadly’ Asian hornets may be headed for UK
Britain’s top bee specialists have called a ‘council of war,’ warning a species of Asian hornet with a chilling reputation could arrive in Britain with deadly results in the near future.

20.04.2015 12:15

BRICS Development Bank won’t rival China-led AIIB, but complement – CBR head
The BRICS New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), both seen as alternatives to US – led institutions, will not compete, but rather complement each other, said the head of the Central Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina.

17.04.2015 16:04

US lawmakers agree to fast-track secretive international trade deals
Leaders of two key congressional panels have agreed on a deal that would “fast-track” the Obama administration’s ability to draft a pair of controversial international trade bills and move them through Congress.

16.04.2015 21:28