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28 July 2014

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.

24 July 2014

Indian Prime Minister Modi's First Budget Promises Lots of Change, Including an Expensive New Statue

Narendra Modi's first budget as India’s new prime minister was greeted with mixed reactions. The $34 million budget allocation for a 600-foot statue in his home state generated much buzz.

20 July 2014

A Leaked Document Casts A Shadow Over Tanzania's Bright Gas Extraction Outlook

The Bridge

Leaked to the public, a contract between Norway's Statoil and the Tanzanian government highlights how fraught the question of revenues from Tanzania’s gasfields—and who will benefit from them—has become.

18 July 2014

Bangladesh Has Formaldehyde to Thank for Its Short Supply of Mangoes This Season

Police are confiscating and destroying truckloads of mangoes because they are contaminated with dangerous levels of formalin, a strong solution of formaldehyde sprayed on fruit to extend their shelf life.

9 July 2014

Will India's Search for ‘Black Money’ Stashed Abroad End in Fortune or Frustration?

It depends on who you ask. Some estimates put the amount of money stashed abroad at $1.34 trillion, which India would use for its development.

Guyana's Foreign Minister Comes Out Swinging After the US Ambassador Criticizes the Lack of Local Elections

The ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) administration has failed to hold local government elections for 20 years.

29 June 2014

France Sees Escape From Russian Energy Dependence in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, wishing to reduce energy dependency on Russia, welcomes French president for talks.

26 June 2014

How a Local Newspaper in India Is Empowering Rural Women to Write About Their Communities

Rising Voices

Khabar Lahariya is an award-winning rural weekly newspaper published in local languages and run by 40 women. We spoke with editorial coordinator Poorvi Bhargava to find out more.

23 June 2014

Stop Using Growth as an Excuse to Pollute, African Activists Say

The impact of 2014 World Environment Day on Africa: The need for growth on the continent does not absolve nations from protecting the earth, African advocates say.

5 Places in Brazil Where People Were Protesting, Not Cheering During the World Cup Kick-Off

Not everyone in Brazil was excited to see the World Cup. Groups around the country staged protests against the money spent on the tournament instead of on the people.

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