Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Retailers in Malaysia and Indonesia should ensure shoppers can easily find foods made with sustainable palm oil, instead of refusing to stock products that steer clear of the controversial oil, environmentalists said last week.

Palm oil, the world's most widely used edible

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The key trends for style-watchers coming out of Britain's fashion week: sharp suits, voluminous coats, and global environmental destruction?

Climate activists Extinction Rebellion disrupted the start of the glitzy event that opened on Friday by spilling fake blood outside the venue to highlight the

Southern Africa's Catholic bishops joined in calling for "every Catholic, Christian, people of other faiths and all people of goodwill join hands" in fighting the scourge of xenophobia following a recent wave of violence targeting foreigners in South Africa, Agenzia Fides reports.

The Catholic news agency reports that

Hong Kong

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs at government buildings on Sunday, as months of sometimes violent demonstrations showed no sign of letting up. 

Some protesters threw bricks at police outside the Chinese People's Liberation

Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's founder Robert Mugabe was honoured as an icon, principled leader and African intellectual giant at a state funeral on Saturday, after a week of disputes over his burial threatened to embarrass President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe led Zimbabwe for 37 years, from independence until he

Kathmandu, Nepal
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For Prabina Maharjan, it started with a headache, which then turned into fever and body pain.

When she finally turned up at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital a week ago, tests showed something odd for this high-elevation city: dengue fever, a

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Indonesia moved closer to ending child marriage on Friday after the government secured a key nod paving the way to raise the age for girls to wed in the world's most populous Muslim country by three years.

About one in every seven

Bangkok, Thailand
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It's a friendly greeting heard everywhere in New Zealand, but charges of cultural appropriation have pitted Kiwis with indigenous Maori heritage against the national airline, after it sought to trademark a logo with the words "kia ora".

Air New Zealand said the logo

Bangkok, Thailand
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An online project mapping all of the world's indigenous lands will help secure legal rights, and alert communities to the potential threats of illegal logging and mining, land and Indigenous rights groups said on Friday.

LandMark is compiling maps from dozens of


Duke University’s student government has denied the Christian organisation Young Life official status as a student group on campus, citing its policy on sexuality.

The decision by the Duke Student Government Senate on Wednesday comes amid ongoing clashes nationwide between religious student groups and colleges and universities

Vatican City

When 12 Greek Catholic bishops from Ukraine met with the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, the retired pontiff invited them to be a force for unity in today’s “increasingly fractured and divided world".

Benedict, and other Vatican leaders, had a particular part of the


An ornate tapestry woven in the early 1800s and rescued from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire in April is going on public display for only the third time in recent decades.

Donated to the cathedral in 1841 by King Louis-Philippe of France,

Hong Kong

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters took to the hills to form flashlight-carrying human chains on Friday, using the colourful Mid-Autumn Festival as a backdrop to the latest in more than three months of sometimes violent demonstrations.

The protests, on a day when families traditionally gather

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The number of rape convictions in England and Wales has fallen to a decade low despite increasing reports to police, according to data released on Thursday, prompting criticism that rape is being "effectively decriminalised".

There were 1,925 convictions in 2018-19, a 27 per

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Consumer goods giant Unilever released a list of its global tea suppliers on Thursday, bolstering a drive to stamp out worker exploitation and modern-day slavery on plantations. 

The move by the Anglo-Dutch food group - which buys 10 per cent of the world's tea




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