Chinese reserve bigger parking spaces for women

Jul 20, 2014

Chinese reserve bigger parking spaces for women

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, sign-posted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 cm wider than normal. The slots at the Dashijiedaduhui — or “World Metropolis” — center have sparked debate in China, which officially ...

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

Jul 13, 2014

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

The head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up, in a video obtained by reporters on Sunday. In the 16-minute video, ...

Product placement puts South Korean TV dramas on map

Jun 22, 2014

Product placement puts South Korean TV dramas on map

The export success of South Korea’s TV dramas has spawned a hard-selling world of branded entertainment that uses product placement to push everything from smartphones to lipsticks. The so-called Hallyu (Korean wave) of TV shows and pop music has long conquered most of Asia ...

Food labs fight organized crime

May 4, 2014

Food labs fight organized crime

by Jamie Doward and Amy Moore

At first glance the sprawling campus amid glorious countryside looks an unlikely base from which to wage war against Italy’s most feared crime organization, the ‘ndrangheta. And yet the laboratories of Campden BRI, once part of the University of Bristol and now a major ...

Baby facilities take the tantrums out of shopping

Apr 4, 2014

Baby facilities take the tantrums out of shopping

“Toddler” and “shopping” are two words that are likely to instill instant fear into the heart of all but the most unflappable of parents. There are perhaps few less relaxing tasks than navigating the shops while lugging a young child who would rather be ...

Hopes are high for sunnier U.S. economy once winter wanes

Mar 2, 2014

Hopes are high for sunnier U.S. economy once winter wanes

When the weather warms up, so, too, will the U.S. economy. That, at least, is the prevailing view of economists, who shrugged off a government report Friday that the economy was weaker last quarter than first thought. Severe winter weather is probably slowing growth ...

Feb 24, 2014

In the U.S., 'natural' food may be anything but

In the United States, prepackaged foods loaded with artificial ingredients and chemicals can make it onto grocery store shelves boasting the label “natural.” Why? Because in America, there is no definition of “natural.” This gray area has led consumer advocates to threaten lawsuit after ...

Google avoids fine with EU antitrust deal

Feb 6, 2014

Google avoids fine with EU antitrust deal

The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted “far-reaching” concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results ...