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September 16, 2019

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'I cannot stay silent': Turkish rappers get political

'I cannot stay silent': Turkish rappers get political

A 15-minute rap song has taken Turkey by storm, touching a nerve in the polarised society at a time when artists are finding a voice after years of stifled dissent.A week after its release on September 6, "Susamam" ("I cannot stay silent") had hit more tha

S. Korea lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

S. Korea lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

A South Korean lawmaker provoked outrage Monday when he berated a female economics professor nominated as the country's antitrust chief for not "fulfilling her duty to the nation" by having a child.Despite its economic advances, South Korean society remains

'Changing Japanese society': Tokyo marks year until Paralympics

'Changing Japanese society': Tokyo marks year until Paralympics

With hands-on exhibitions for children and a world-record attempt, Tokyo Sunday marked one year until the 2020 Paralympic Games that organisers hope can change outdated attitudes towards disabled people in Japan.The Tokyo Paralympics, which run from August 25

Sierra Leone's secret societies mark bodies and minds

Sierra Leone's secret societies mark bodies and minds

Wearing a fading Mickey Mouse T-shirt, her knees hugged to her chest, eight-year-old Musu Kamara sits in a corrugated shack in Sierra Leone's capital waiting for her initiation into a secret society.Kamara will leave for two weeks in the bush with a sisterhoo

Flight by Light: Mission accomplished for LightSail 2

Flight by Light: Mission accomplished for LightSail 2

Mission accomplished: the Planetary Society announced Wednesday that its LightSail 2 spacecraft, which was launched last month, had successfully raised its orbit using only the power of photons from the Sun.The team behind the $7 million crowd-funded venture s