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China's demand for pricey international schools 'insatiable'

The school year at Haileybury College’s campus near Beijing began with three People’s Liberation Army soldiers marching on a running track as the Chinese national anthem played over loudspeakers. Seven hundred students stood silently in single-file lines with their hands crossed, the international prep school’s crest emblazoned on many of ...

Facebook apologizes for removing historic photo of napalmed girl

Sep 14, 2016

Facebook apologizes for removing historic photo of napalmed girl

Facebook’s chief operating officer has apologized to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for deleting a photograph from its pages and conceded that “we don’t always get it right.” Sheryl Sandberg said in a letter that Solberg had raised important issues about Facebook’s decision last ...

Sep 12, 2016

Citing rights, China tweaks judicial policy

China has tightened judicial procedures against illegally obtained evidence and upheld the presumption of innocence, state media said Monday, as the country seeks to combat perceptions of human rights violations within Communist Party-run courts. The nation, which is believed to execute more convicted people ...

Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages

Sep 8, 2016

Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages

Traditional practices, poverty, last year’s massive earthquake and Nepal’s ongoing political instability mean child marriages remain a serious problem in the country, where 10 percent of the girls marry before they are 15, even though the government says it is making progress to combat ...

British habit of drinking tea catching on among Chinese

Sep 5, 2016

British habit of drinking tea catching on among Chinese

Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter. The opulently decorated Victorian tea salon is quintessentially British, something straight out of “Downton Abbey.” Except it’s in Beijing. The 25-year-old HR professional ...

Aug 22, 2016

Koreans reluctant to get married, have children

South Koreans are likely to have fewer weddings and babies this year than ever before, part of a demographic shift that risks hobbling the nation’s economy. The number of marriages and births recorded during the first five months of 2016 hit the lowest levels ...

Chinese universities break into global top 100

Aug 15, 2016

Chinese universities break into global top 100

Universities from mainland China broke into the global top 100 in an annual ranking for the first time Monday, but the University of Tokyo topped the Asia-Pacific and Harvard remained the global No. 1 for the 14th consecutive year. Todai stood at No. 20 ...