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Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Mar 1, 2015

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his HiSo brand of seasoned insect snacks this month and plans to stock ...

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

Feb 20, 2015

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

A scantily clad DJ gyrates to ear-splitting music as the crowd of drinkers orders more towers of lager: welcome to The Hangover, one of a new crop of ‘beer clubs’ raising concerns about Vietnam’s drinking culture. Beer goes for as little as 30 U.S. ...

Feb 11, 2015

Australia failing to tackle Aboriginal disadvantage: Abbott

Australia is failing to meet most of its targets to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, as he delivered what he described as a “profoundly disappointing” annual assessment. In his yearly report on “Closing the Gap” between ...

Feb 3, 2015

Number of tigers falls on demand by Chinese

Soaring demand for tiger parts in China has emptied Asia’s forests, frustrating efforts to protect the big cats, wildlife experts said as an anti-poaching conference opened in Katmandu on Monday. Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials from 13 nations are attending the ...