Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

by Denis D. Gray

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...

Miley Cyrus' date sought by police

Aug 27, 2014

Miley Cyrus' date sought by police

The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Jesse Helt, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. According to court ...

Aug 22, 2014

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. wealth gap widened in the last decade

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides fresh evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. The study, released Thursday, divided the U.S. into five groups from wealthiest to poorest. The median net worth of the richest households ...

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Aug 17, 2014

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Pope Francis’ appeal in South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism might be a hard sell in the newly rich and hypercompetitive country. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked there to the hard work, ...

Aug 6, 2014

Number of households on welfare hits record high in May

The number of households on welfare in Japan hit a record high of 1,603,093 in May, up 2,852 from the previous month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said on Wednesday. The rise came as a growing number of single-person elderly households, or people ...

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Jul 28, 2014

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her apartment to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain’s southern coast. “I did not want my two ...