China’s millennium-old fireworks hub grapples with bans and shifting traditions

By Philip Wen and Thomas Suen LIUYANG, China, Feb 12 : From the concrete bunkers carved into the hillside, where workers gingerly handle piles of explosive black powder, to the shopfronts selling colourful boxes of pyrotechnics, time may be catching up with Liuyang’s millennium-old fireworks industry. Government efforts to curb pollution have led to bans […]

Thousands stage ANZAC Day memorials in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

By Harry Pearl SYDNEY, April 25 : Thousands of people in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand attended dawn services and military parades today to commemorate ANZAC Day, the Gallipoli landings during World War One and the infamous Thai-Burma death railway of World War Two. The day marks the landing of thousands of troops from the […]

Boston St. Patrick’s parade to allow gay veterans to return

By Scott Malone BOSTON, Mar 11 : A group of gay veterans of the U.S. military can march in this year’s Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, parade organizers said on Friday after an earlier move to exclude them sparked outrage and boycott threats in the liberal city. The parade, one of the United States’ largest […]

Women in US plan to stay off the job, rally in anti-Trump protests

By Peter A Szekely NEW YORK, Mar 8 : Women in the United States plan to use International Women’s Day today to stay off the job and stage demonstrations across the country in an effort to seize on the momentum built from the massive marches held a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. On “A […]

Afghan women fencers aim to parry prejudice

By Sayed Hassib KABUL, Mar 8 : In Kabul’s national sports stadium, two young women fencers take guard, their faces covered with protective wire masks as they stand off warily, foils circling before they thrust at their opponent. In a country where women generally have a tough time practising sport, it takes special dedication to […]

Swiss firms set goals to get more women into top roles

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH, Mar 7 : Swiss firms from food and beverage giant Nestle to banking groups UBS and Credit Suisse pledged new goals today to support and promote women. While Switzerland has Europe’s second-highest proportion of women in the workforce, it trails global standards on gender diversity in boardrooms and in management […]