» The West’s bombing of Syria meets some approval from Muslims
21/04/18 04:28 from International
ON THE streets of west European cities, secular leftists, politically active Muslims and radically minded Christians (a rarefied constituency, but they do exist) have often found themselves marching and chanting together. It happened in ...

» European countries should make it easier for refugees to work
19/04/18 09:48 from International
German lessons MOUHANAD SALHA would like nothing better than to work. But since arriving in the Netherlands in late 2014, he has managed to do so for just one week. Like more than 80% of Syrian refugees in Europe, he is unemployed. He wa...

» Refugees need not be a burden, if they are allowed to work
19/04/18 09:48 from International
TWO years ago, a group of elders in this village in north-western Uganda agreed to lend their land to refugees from South Sudan. About 120,000 are now in the surrounding area. Here they live in tarpaulin shelters and mud-brick huts on a ...

» An Asian religion gains popularity in the New World
13/04/18 08:18 from International
Chris Nyambura was raised Catholic but over the past six months he has started calling himself Buddhist. Aged 23, he is a graduate student in chemical engineering. Like many of his generation, especially on the American West Coast, he ap...

» Why undertakers are worried
12/04/18 09:54 from International
EVERY minute more than 100 people die. Most of these deaths bring not just grief to some, but also profit to others. America’s 2.7m-odd deaths a year underpin an industry worth $16bn in 2017, encompassing over 19,000 funeral homes and ov...

» A good Russian is vindicated on the Orthodox church's holy day
06/04/18 07:07 from International
TODAY is Good Friday in the Orthodox Christian calendar. All over the eastern Christian world, from villages in Greece and Romania to cathedrals in Moscow, it is a day of haunting ceremonies that re-enact the death and burial of Jesus. T...

» Wood-burning stoves are in fashion but cause serious pollution
05/04/18 09:51 from International
Toasty toes, wheezing lungs CHRISTMAS 2016 was hygge ’s moment in Britain. A crush of books appeared seeking to explain how Danes—for the word is theirs—achieve hygge , which means comfort or convivial ease. An important ingredient, say ...

» Household smoke may be the world’s deadliest environmental hazard
05/04/18 09:51 from International
IMAGINE building a small pile of wood and kindling in the smallest room in your house, and setting fire to it. You can keep the door open, to let out some smoke, but cannot switch on an extractor fan. You must tend the fire for an hour. ...

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