Labour laws in 104 countries reserve some jobs for men only

EVEN as rich countries seek to rid workplaces of subtle gender bias, in many developing ones discrimination remains overt. According to the World Bank, women are barred from certain jobs in 104 countries (see map). “Gender equality in labour law is associated with more women working and earning more relative to men,” says Sarah Iqbal […]

These solar panels can pull clean drinking water out of the air — and they’ve spread to 10 countries around the world

Zero Mass Water  Zero Mass Water makes solar panel arrays that pull clean drinking water from the air. The $ 4,500 arrays launched in the United States in late 2017. Now they’re expanding to Australia thanks to a $ 420,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Zero Mass arrays could come in handy in […]

All countries must heed UN Charter – Secretary-General after US-led Syria strike

Following airstrikes on Damascus, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that all countries are obliged to “act consistently” with the UN Charter, noting that the document is “very clear on these issues.” Read more “There’s an obligation, particularly when dealing with the matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the […]

How developing countries weave social safety nets

SOUP kitchens serve the needy for free; restaurants serve the hungry for money. In parts of South Asia, eateries near mosques sometimes fall into a third category. They feed the poor sitting patiently outside, whenever a pious or charitable passer-by pays them to do so. Alms-giving of this kind provides one traditional safety net for […]

Queen Elizabeth has never visited THESE Commonwealth countries on a state visit

Queen Elizabeth, 91, has recently joined forces with David Attenborough as part of a Commonwealth environmental project, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. As Head of the Commonwealth, they discussed forest conversation initiatives to be spread across all 53 Commonwealth countries. The Queen travels to many of the countries as part of her role to promote good […]

One of the happiest countries in the world does marriage differently from most everywhere else

Flickr / OakleyOriginals In Norway, couples are more likely to have kids when they’re living together than when they’re married. This is a trend in industrialized nations across the globe, but it’s especially pronounced in Scandinavia. Scandinavian couples typically marry later in life, as a symbolic display of love. The Atlantic recently published a fascinating […]

Here are all the countries kicking out Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack

AP/BBC Newsnight More than 20 countries have expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal with nerve agent in Salisbury, southern England. The nations joined Britain in blaming Russia for the attempted assassination on March 4, which was the first offensive use of nerve agent in Europe since World War II. […]

Nearly 160 countries outside 'Western bloc' want to see proof in Skripal case – Russia’s UK embassy

Scores of non-Western countries refuse to take the UK’s assertion that Russia was behind the incident in Salisbury at face value, demanding it present the evidence, Moscow’s embassy in London said. Some 160 states share that view. While many in the Western world, save several notable exceptions, united behind the UK as it accused Russia […]

Austria refuses to expel Russian diplomats as EU countries jump on UK-led bandwagon

Vienna chose not to expel Russian diplomats as a response to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying it wants to keep dialogue with Moscow open. Some European opposition figures say the move will only create problems. Despite more than a dozen European nations expelling Russian diplomats over the Skripal case, not every nation […]