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Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage

Published On: January 2, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CAMBODIA, Jan 2: Bopha should be in school but instead toils seven days a week in a searing brick kiln on the outskirts of Phnom Penh -- a 14-year-old trapped in debt bondage in a boom industry preying on the poverty of Cambodia's farmers.

Near-blind ex-boxer puts troubled kids on right path

Published On: December 31, 2018 12:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

In some ways, says Portuguese ex-boxer Jorge Pina, the loss of most of his sight was the making of him. "I didn't lose my sight, I just see things differently," he says.

Climate change takes toll on French oyster farmers

Published On: December 31, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Gulping down oysters has long been a favourite New Year's Eve ritual for the French, but as winters get warmer and summers get drier many growers worry there will soon be fewer of the prized mollusks to go around.

600,000 security personnel deployed for Bangladesh elections

Published On: December 29, 2018 08:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BANGLADESH, Dec 29: Bangladesh tightened security on Saturday for an election which expects to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina win a record fourth term but is dominated by opposition claims that they have been shackled by a government clampdown.

Runaway lion, wounded elk find home in Russian shelter

Published On: December 28, 2018 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

RUSSIA, Dec 28: A lion that escaped from an airport, a crocodile found at a rubbish dump and an elk attacked by stray dogs -- all these animals have found refuge in an unusual private shelter in Russia.

Super-sub Cristiano Ronaldo salvages draw for 10-man Juventus

Published On: December 27, 2018 10:31 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MILAN, Dec 27: Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a late equaliser as 10-man Juventus salvaged a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Wednesday to move nine points clear of Napoli at the top of Serie A.

The Indian market where rat earns top price

Published On: December 26, 2018 04:20 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

ASSAM, Dec 26: Freshly-caught rat is at the top of the holiday menu for crowds flocking to a market in northeastern India that specialises in rodents from local fields.

Sick, hungry Indonesia tsunami survivors cram shelters

Published On: December 25, 2018 03:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

INDONESIA, Dec 25: Desperately needed aid flowed into a stretch of Indonesia's tsunami-struck coastline Tuesday, but humanitarian workers warned that clean water and medicine supplies were dwindling as thousands crammed makeshift evacuation centres.

Yemen's warring parties agree ceasefire for key port at UN talks

Published On: December 14, 2018 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

YEMEN, Dec 14: Yemen's warring parties on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire on a vital port in a series of breakthroughs in UN-brokered peace talks that could mark a major turning point after four years of devastating conflict.

In Pakistan public education suffocates under surging population

Published On: December 14, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PAKISTAN, Dec 14: At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse, as a surging population overstretches the country's fragile education system.

Wounded May seeks EU compromise to save Brexit deal

Published On: December 13, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, Dec 13: Bloodied but not yet beaten, Prime Minister Theresa May comes to Brussels for the second time in three days on Thursday, battling to save her Brexit deal and her career.

Rouhani: US sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Published On: December 9, 2018 04:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

IRAN, Dec 9: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said US sanctions against his country amounted to "economic terrorism", AFP reports.

Sexual harassment in the sky: Hong Kong flight attendants fight back

Published On: December 9, 2018 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

HONG KONG, Dec 9: Immaculate-looking flight attendants who appear unruffled by the demands of a life spent in the air are part of the slick image sold by carriers -- but Hong Kong-based workers are increasingly hitting back against sexual harassment.

Fight to end rape in war must begin in peacetime: Mukwege

Published On: December 9, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CONGO, Dec 9: Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege may have won his Nobel prize for his work to end sexual violence in war, but the crusading surgeon said the groundwork for equality must be laid in peacetime, as he praised movements like #MeToo.

Paris on high alert as city shuts down for 'yellow vest' protests

Published On: December 8, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PARIS, Dec 8: Paris was on high alert Saturday with major security measures in place ahead of fresh "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row.

Child marriage costs countries billions in lost earnings: World Bank

Published On: December 6, 2018 02:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Respect Ruvimbo Topodzi was 15 and walking home from school in her native Zimbabwe when a 22-year-old man asked her out. She turned him down but it was too late.

Act now or risk disaster, nations told at UN climate summit

Published On: December 3, 2018 04:21 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WARSAW, Dec 3: After the starkest warnings yet of the catastrophic threat posed by climate change, nations gathered in Poland on Sunday to chart a way for mankind to avert runaway global warming.

Modi pursues yoga diplomacy at Argentina G20 summit

Published On: November 30, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 30: Stepping away from the sealed security zone and ceremonial pomp of the Group of 20 summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought a message dear to his heart to host Argentina -- the value of yoga.

US Senate advances Yemen bill in rebuke to Trump

Published On: November 29, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, Nov 29: The US Senate took a defiant stance against President Donald Trump's White House on Wednesday, advancing a measure that would end American military support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.

Undersea gas fires Egypt's regional energy dreams

Published On: November 18, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

EGYPT, Nov 18: Egypt is looking to use its vast, newly tapped undersea gas reserves to establish itself as a key energy exporter and revive its flagging economy.