Are Diwali fireworks to blame for Delhi smog?

Image copyright AFP Air pollution levels have shot up in the Indian capital, Delhi, during the current festive season of Diwali. A lot of attention has focused on the impact of fireworks and this year, as in previous years, India’s Supreme Court has attempted to restrict their use. But how …

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Imelda Marcos faces arrest after guilty verdict

Image copyright TED ALJIBE A court in the Philippines has sentenced former first lady Imelda Marcos to prison for corruption. Imelda Marcos, 89, was the wife of late president Ferdinand Marcos, and famous for owning 1,000 pairs of shoes. The charges relate to alleged illicit financial dealings with Swiss-based NGOs …

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Hong Kong refuses entry to FT journalist Victor Mallet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victor Mallet has been running the Financial Times’ Asia operations for almost two years. Hong Kong has barred the Financial Times Asia news editor from entering the territory, after refusing to renew his work visa last month. Victor Mallet tried to enter Hong Kong as …

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US proposes rule banning asylum for illegal migrants

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption President Trump has railed against immigration, and has sent US troops to the Mexican border Illegal migrants entering through the southern US border will no longer be eligible for asylum under a new rule, the Trump administration has said. Announced by the Departments of Justice …

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Bullying: Children point finger at adults

Image copyright Getty Images Children want adults to show each other more respect, with four out of 10 (41%) seeing grown-ups bullying each other in the past six months, a survey says. Research among 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 by the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggests worrying numbers of children see …

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'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable, global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size. The …

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