Gai Nyok is among the success stories from a U.S. amnesty program for refugee children orphaned by the second Sudanese civil war.
In China, where knockoffs or shanzai products are big business, manufacturers have been known to make fully functioning copies of new products even before they’re released.
Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao wasn’t being dramatic in 1999 when he called the country’s water problems a threat to the “survival of the Chinese nation.”
What better way to launch a war on pollution then with a fleet of smog-clearing drones?
Yesterday and today, Shanghai experienced some of the highest levels of air pollution ever recorded in China. The US Consulate in Shanghai reported levels were “beyond index”—i.e., off the charts.
Over the past two decades South Korea’s suicide rate, while experiencing occasional dips, has trended upwards. Meanwhile, most developed countries are seeing their rates fall.
For the past 10 months, children in Indonesia’s Banten province have been commuting to school on narrow bamboo rafts—along a river best known to tourists for its whitewater rapids—because local authorities still haven’t fixed a bridge that collapsed in January in a flood.
The latest market opportunity for entrepreneurs in China? Polluted air.
Among a raft of reforms China announced today was the abolition of its “education-through-labor” camps, known as laojiao. But according to Human Rights Watch, the government has considered replacing it with another system, which also allows long-term detention without trial.
Chinese state media just took aim at another foreign company: Samsung, which happens to make the most popular smartphones in the country.
China has inked a deal to farm three million hectares (about 11, 583 square miles) of Ukrainian land over the span of half a century—which means the eastern European country will give up about 5% of its total land, or 9% of its arable farmland to feed China’s burgeoning population.
China’s decades-long one-child policy is credited with helping China’s economy grow, but many Chinese resent it bitterly, and there already several exceptions to the rule. Now the authorities are studying the possibility of relaxing it for most Chinese.
In case you needed more proof of the quickening pace of globalization, look no further than the “cronut.” Within two months, the hybrid pastry created in New York City as a cross between a croissant and a donut has spread around the world.
The imbroglio between Chinese officials and GlaxoSmithKline is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to endemic corruption in China’s healthcare industry.
For an internationally condemned and reclusive communist state, North Korea's economy isn’t doing all that badly. The economy grew 1.3% last year, according to South Korea’s central bank.