China's 'little red soldiers' get lessons in loyalty

Feb 10, 2015

China's 'little red soldiers' get lessons in loyalty

Wearing sky-blue army uniforms emblazoned with red stars, they could be communist comrades from China’s civil war. In fact the youngsters are the targets of a modern campaign to win hearts and minds, with the classroom as its battleground. “We are the new generation ...

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Feb 3, 2015

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks ...

Jan 25, 2015

Sri Lanka scraps military training for teachers, students

Sri Lanka’s new government said Saturday it is scrapping compulsory military training for school teachers and undergraduates. The three-week army training, which was mandatory under ousted President Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration, had resulted in at least three deaths in recent years and was deeply unpopular ...