Costa Rica tops think tank's 'Happy Planet Index'

Aug 19, 2016

Costa Rica tops think tank's 'Happy Planet Index'

A London-based think tank has placed Costa Rica at the top of its “Happy Planet Index” for the third time. This does not mean that Costa Rica is home to the world’s cheeriest people, but rather that the Central American country has reached a ...

Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers ecology fears

Jul 31, 2016

Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers ecology fears

A planned multibillion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future owing to China’s economic woes and warnings of environmental catastrophe. Forest City, a $42 billion futuristic “eco-city” of high-rises and ...

Music may help babies learn language skills

May 21, 2016

Music may help babies learn language skills

Babies who engage in musical play may have an easier time picking up language skills, a recent study says. U.S. researchers compared 9-month-old babies who played with toys and trucks to those who practiced banging out a rhythm during a series of play sessions. ...

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

Feb 12, 2016

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious corn wrapped in a brightly colored cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in the ...

Jan 31, 2016

Kenya to host Tokyo-led Africa development summit in August

Kenyan President Uhuru Ken-yatta said Sunday the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which Japan cosponsors with the United Nations and the African Union, will be held in Nairobi on Aug. 27 and 28. Kenyatta made the announcement at a joint news conference ...