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May 10, 2016

Two million Chinese to be relocated in anti-poverty drive

China, fighting to stamp out poverty, will this year move more than 2 million of its poorest citizens from remote, inland regions to more developed areas, an official of the cabinet-level State Council said on Tuesday. The mass relocation of people is a strategy ...

A year on, Asia's boat people trapped in limbo

| May 3, 2016

A year on, Asia's boat people trapped in limbo

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution. Sonamia was among about 400 starving people plucked to safety off Indonesia from ...

Walking on the wild side in Chinese cross-dressing contest

Apr 27, 2016

Walking on the wild side in Chinese cross-dressing contest

In a bouffant blond wig and outsize eyelashes, Yu Xiaoyang flamboyantly parades across a Shanghai stage, his fake breasts filling his skintight golden jumpsuit. Yu was among 20 contestants taking part in a cross-dressing competition in China’s commercial hub. “At work, I have to ...