After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

Jun 22, 2017

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

The chief executive of a London borough where a tower block fire killed at least 79 people in Britain's worst blaze since World War II has resigned. Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, said he was forced out by Prime Minister Theresa ...

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

Jun 18, 2017

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don't automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and wait for instructions. That is ...

Australia opens war on food waste

/ Jun 18, 2017

Australia opens war on food waste

Australia's first recycled supermarket is giving food destined for landfills a second chance, as the government embarks on a major push to cut down on waste costing the economy 20 billion Australian dollars ($15 billion) a year. The outlet run by food rescue organization OzHarvest ...

Tragic London blaze highlights Britain's rich-poor divide

Jun 16, 2017

Tragic London blaze highlights Britain's rich-poor divide

Just a short walk from the social housing block in west London where 17 people — and perhaps many more — died this week in a devastating fire, are some of Britain's wealthiest streets, lined with elegant, multimillion-pound townhouses. The borough of Kensington and Chelsea ...

Impoverished students march for ¥1,500 minimum wage

/ Jun 15, 2017

Impoverished students march for ¥1,500 minimum wage

A student-led movement is campaigning to raise Japan's minimum wage and improve the lives of low-income workers as many continue struggling just to meet basic needs despite toiling for long hours. Some 1,500 people took to the streets of Tokyo's bustling Shinjuku district in mid-April ...