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FILE PHOTO: A Buddhist monk plays with a tiger at the Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, otherwise known as Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province February 12, 2015. Reuters
Scores of tigers rescued
from Thai temple have died

The infamous Tiger Temple was a tourist destination where visitors took selfies with tigers and bottle-fed cubs

American universities are addicted to billionaires

Giving money to higher education amplifies a billionaire’s legacy

Men arrested for drug crimes are crammed inside a cell in the city of Zubair in Iraq's Basra province, on Jun 20, 2019. Growing addiction is the most recent manifestation of how Iraq’s social order has frayed in the years following the 2003 US invasion. The New York Times

Iraq faces a new adversary: Crystal meth

Growing addiction is the most recent manifestation of how Iraq’s social order has frayed after the 2003 US invasion

FILE PHOTO: Maurizio Cattelan’s “America,” a fully functional solid gold toilet is seen at The Guggenheim Museum in New York City, US, August 30, 2017. Reuters

Golden, going gone

18-karat gold toilet is stolen

An offshore migrant detention centre used by Australia in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, Nov 18, 2016. President Donald Trump’s plan to bar migrants from seeking asylum in the US if they have already passed through other countries is similar to a scheme employed by Australia since 2012. Europe tried a comparable scheme in 2016, but it didn’t work. The New York Times

Is Trump’s America tougher on asylum than other countries?

Trump’s plan to bar asylum seekers in the US is similar to a scheme employed by Australia since 2012. Europe tried a comparable scheme in 2016, but it didn’t work

Notre-Dame in August. The French authorities were slow to clean its surroundings after the fire. The New York Times

How dangerous is Paris after the cathedral fire?

Experts said it was still safe to visit Paris, though they differed on what precautions should be taken

Hasina on cover of Dutch magazine Diplomat

The story is titled "Sheikh Hasina: The ‘Mother of Humanity’"

Women and children collect water in the village of Konduga, which hosts a camp for tens of thousands of people fleeing the war with Boko Haram, and was struck by a suicide bombing in June that killed 30 people, in Nigeria, Aug 20, 2019. The New York Times

Boko Haram is back with better drones

After a decade of devastating war with Boko Haram extremists, they are now better armed than ever and have more sophisticated drones than the demoralised Nigerian military

Kim Ye-na, 23, left, and Lee Jin-hui, 20, two North Korean women who were forced to perform cybersex in China, look out from their hotel room in Vientiane, Laos, on Aug 22, 2019. They were smuggled out of China in August. The New York Times

N Korean women trapped as cybersex slaves in China

A growing number of N Korean women are smuggled from their country and trafficked into the sex trade in China, and forced to perform sex acts online for clients

Adiba Khan, a former University of California at Berkeley student and organiser with Students United for Reproductive Justice, at home in Berkeley, Sep 12, 2019. Khan’s group advocated for a California bill that would require public universities to use money raised from private donors to fund campus health centres that would, among other services, offer medication abortions. The New York Times

California puts abortion pills in public universities

The move marks a new way of giving women access to abortion as conservative states tighten restrictions

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Insurers told to get publicly listed by Dec

Kamal threatens to cancel their licences

Workers in protective masks on the burned roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Aug 26, 2019

Notre Dame’s toxic fallout

The April fire that engulfed Notre-Dame exposed many nearby areas to alarming levels of lead, and the French authorities' refusal to fully disclose the results of testing has sowed confusion and anxiety in the capital

FILE PHOTO: Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas, speaks on stage at the Women In The World Summit in New York, US, Apr 11, 2019. REUTERS

'The Sky is Pink' stars honour real-life family's loss

The Bollywood film tells the true story of the Chaudhury family, narrated by their deceased teenaged daughter, Aisha