Virtually a third of Japan’s girls ‘sexually harassed at work’

Survey presenting women were touched inappropriately and pressed for sexuality deals blow to efforts to support female workers Almost a third of Japanese women have been sexually harassed at work, according to a government report that deals another jolt to attempts to boost women role in the workplace. More than half of those women said…

Russian country Tv warns ‘traitors’ not to settle in England

After Salisbury poisoning, host says there have been too many strange incidents in recent years Russian state television has cautioned “traitors” and Kremlin critics that they should not settle in England because of an increased risk of dying in mysterious circumstances. ” Don’t choice England as a place to live. Whatever the reasons, whether you’re…

Thai police investigate assert that US ambassador ‘defamed the monarchy’

No charges expected over remarks made by Glyn Davies in which he said the US is concerned about long prison sentences given to civilians by military courts Thai police have said they are investigating commentaries made by the US ambassador about a law that bans criticism of the monarchy, but dont expect to bring charges…

Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing

Campaigner involved in case that could lead to legal abortion in first 12 weeks of pregnancy enters protection programme Days before a Brazilian supreme court hearing on a move that could eventually decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a leading feminist campaigner is in hiding after receiving death threats. Debora Diniz, a…

As Bangkok sinks, could this anti-flood park be the answer?

Vast underground reservoirs beneath the citys Centenary Park can store 1m gallons of water Bangkok is sinking- fast. As urban planning continues unabated, this city of more than 10 million people is get lower by 2cm a year, according to Greenpeace estimates. Meanwhile, the surface of the Gulf of Thailand is rising by 4mm a…

Why is the US banning kratom, the virtually harmless herb? | Marc Lewis

It acts on opioid receptors, hence the anxiety. But since some heroin users take it to ease withdrawal, its proscription could have some very harmful effects indeed Just this morning I got an email from a head shop Id dropped into on my last trip-up to San Francisco. I didnt recall leaving my email address,…

UN recurs criticism of Ireland’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ abortion laws

Human rights committee discoveries in favour of Siobhn Whelan, who was denied abortion despite fatal foetal disorder diagnosis The United Nations has again ruled that Irelands abortion laws have subjected a woman to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. It is the second time in 12 months that the UNs human rights committee has denounced the…

Ballet companies must stop wrecking our bodies, advises Russian star

Irina Kolesnikova, who performs at Londons Coliseum in August, says dancers should be nurtured , not pushed to the limits A world-renowned Russian prima ballerina has become the latest starring to condemn ballet companies worldwide for putting their dancers through unnecessarily brutal regimes. Irina Kolesnikova, 35, doyenne of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, is calling…

Cambodia: 33 pregnant women found in raid on child surrogacy ring

Police say a Chinese administrator seems to be the mastermind behind an illegal rent a womb operation at two Phnom Penh apartments Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying newborns on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday. Police arrested the group…

EPA staff resisted agency’s new the standard rules on asbestos utilize, emails expose

Emails obtained by New York Times demonstrate employees worried that companies could get away with using asbestos in ways the EPA did not list The Environmental Protection Agency’s own staffers objected to a controversial new US rule governing the use of cancer-causing asbestos, according to internal emails. The rule, issued in June, would require manufacturers…