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A worker hauling rawhides preserved with salt to a truck from a warehouse in Old Dhaka's Posta on Monday morning. Photo: Abdullah Al Momin
Insufficient paid work
affects half a billion

Around 2.5 million people are joining 188 million unemployed this year, ILO says

My arrival in Dhaka, meeting Bangabandhu and the Rohingya crisis

The contrast between January 1972 and January 2020 cannot be more different or pronounced

World's billionaires hold more wealth than poorest 4.6bn

Unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the global economy each year, Oxfam reports

The national flags of several countries and a flag with the logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) fly at the roof of the congress centre during preparations for the annual WEF meeting in the Swiss Alps resort of Davos, Switzerland Jan 19, 2020. REUTERS

Capitalism is doing ‘more harm than good’: survey

Lack of trust in capitalism is highest in Thailand and India on 75% and 74% respectively

Passengers wearing masks are seen at the waiting area for a train to Wuhan at the Beijing West Railway Station, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Beijing, China Jan 20, 2020. REUTERS

New coronavirus outbreak in China

It erupts in the city of Wuhan ahead of the Lunar New Year

Volunteers organise supplies for people affected by wildfires at a makeshift donation centre in Conjola Park, Australia, Jan 5, 2020. An outpouring of generosity from around the world in response to the fire crisis has presented new challenges for the country more accustomed to handing out largess to needier nations than to being the recipient of it. The New York Times

Donations are pouring into Australia. Now what?

As people around the world respond to the fire crisis, organisations find themselves trying to efficiently distribute tens of millions of dollars

The ruin of a house, which is undergoing demolitions and new construction, in Yarkand, in the Xinjiang region of China, on Aug 8, 2019. The New York Times

Battered but resilient after China’s crackdown

Yarkand, an ancient Muslim town for the Uighurs, clings to its cultural past

Emergency workers attend the scene where a Turkish Airlines passenger plane with 135 people aboard which crashed while attempting to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport February 25, 2009. The plane broke up when it hit the ground next to the runway with the tail section of the fuselage broken off, and a wide crack in the fuselage just behind the cockpit. Reuters

How Boeing’s responsibility
in a deadly crash ‘got buried’

Dutch investigators focused blame on the pilots for failing to react properly when an automated system malfunctioned causing the crash more than a decade ago

Jeanine Cummins, author of

‘American Dirt’: An epic on immigration

Cummins depicts a mother and son’s gut-wrenching journey in the novel, even as she acknowledges ‘I don’t know if I’m the right person to tell this story’

Hoan Ton-That, founder of Clearview AI, shows the results of a search for a photo of himself, in New York, Jan 10, 2019. The little-known startup helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says. (Amr Alfiky/The New York Times)

A secretive company
and the end of privacy

Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hit was an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.

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The national flags of several countries and a flag with the logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) fly at the roof of the congress centre during preparations for the annual WEF meeting in the Swiss Alps resort of Davos, Switzerland Jan 19, 2020. REUTERS

Capitalism is doing ‘more harm than good’: survey

Lack of trust in capitalism is the highest in Thailand and India

BBC's Director General Hall to step down

BBC Director General Tony Hall said he will step down in the summer, ahead of a mid-point review of the broadcaster’s charter in 2022.

Disney drops Fox from
Twentieth Century name

It wants consumers to not mistakenly think the movie studio has anything to do with Rupert Murdoch’s polarising Fox News media empire