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North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe: rights group

Jul 6, 2016

North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe: rights group

In an attempt to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of cash over its nuclear weapons program, North Korea has been sending hundreds of “state-sponsored slaves” to work in European Union nations, rights campaigners said Wednesday. North Korean laborers commonly work 10-12 hour ...

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Jul 1, 2016

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite — a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. Yet authorities say ...

China factories closed over toxic school tracks scare

Jun 23, 2016

China factories closed over toxic school tracks scare

Chinese authorities have shut down nine factories and detained some executives after reports that toxic industrial waste was used to make running tracks widely used at schools, official media said Thursday. Smelly synthetic sports fields and athletics circuits, along with students falling sick from ...

Foreign protesters' bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters' bite

Jun 17, 2016

Foreign protesters' bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters' bite

International groups and celebrities, backed by millions of foreign petitioners, have rallied against an annual dog meat festival in the Chinese city of Yulin, but residents say the protests may have backfired by spurring more people to eat man’s best friend. “My store’s dog ...

Cash Kao: China's tutors earn fortunes online

Jun 7, 2016

Cash Kao: China's tutors earn fortunes online

With a following of several million teenage fans, China’s Liu Jie says he can earn nearly $50,000 a month from his online videos and is often recognized on the street. But he is no pop star. A high school physics tutor, Liu belongs to ...