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China barred a human rights activist from a global beauty contest—putting her squarely in the spotlight

Yesterday (Nov. 26), Anastasia Lin, the winner of Miss Canada, was barred from boarding her flight from Hong Kong to Hainan, a tropical Chinese island and the host of this year’s Miss World contest.

An African scientist solved a 70-year old problem of how to stop recurring infectious diseases

Cameroonian scientist Dr Wilfred Ndifon has proposed a solution to a 70-year old immunological mystery relating to the original antigenic sin.

Constitution Day 2015: The BJP does not understand democracy, secularism or Ambedkar

Constitution Day, in parliament, should, at the very least, have been a day to reflect soberly on the failure of the state to fulfill its obligations to defend the constitutional rights and liberties of vast sections of India’s society—the Dalits, the minorities, the Adivasis, women, oppressed nationalities, and dissenting voices and citizens in general.

Modi wants to build a modern, pollution-free India—but where’s the money?

Why would a country with a third of its population living in poverty support a global agreement at the Paris climate talks?

Beijing just banned an art exhibition on violence against women, but you can view the work here

Beijing authorities banned an art exhibition about feminism and domestic violence just before it was set to open, organizers said on Thursday (Nov.

In an unexpected turnaround, China released journalist Gao Yu on parole

Amidst China’s ongoing crackdown on journalists critical of the government, authorities have made an unexpected concession.

Understanding The Gita: A guide for modern readers

The Bhagavad Gita, or The Gita as it is popularly known, is part of the epic Mahabharata. The epic describes the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas on the battlefield of Kuru-kshetra.

Four small Indian alcohol brands that the world needs to know about

India boasts of some of the world’s biggest alcohol companies. From Officers Choice—the world’s largest selling spirit brand— to United Spirits, one of the world’s largest spirit company, Asia’s third largest economy has had many star brewers and distillers.

The Chinese government could use big data to track individual students’ political views

China has data problems. Even for the government, good information about everything from the economy to where people live can be hard to come by.

Southeast Asia is about to pass the US in Facebook and Twitter users

In October a live event related to a kooky Filipino soap opera became the most tweeted event in history.

In Hong Kong’s luxury car market, a Tesla is cheap

Hong Kong With its narrow streets, dense population, and tiny residential spaces, Hong Kong was not built for roadsters.

Black Friday guide to streaming media players: the best deals on Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku

Streaming media players, which connect your television set to the internet, are sure to be popular gifts this holiday season.

Twitter is having fun with the penny-pinching ways of Tanzania’s new president

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania John Magufuli has only been president for three weeks but he is already stamping his authority on the new government.

Black Friday will be even more annoying this year

Black Friday diehards beware. Shoppers thronging retailers the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday will likely face longer, slower lines as they try ring up the door-buster bargains that mark the traditional start of the US Christmas shopping season.

A reporter learns her own refugee story after visiting a refugee camp in France

In a holiday bonus episode, Actuality gets grateful after a visit to a refugee camp in France where migrants from the Middle East and Africa await asylum, and a reporter was surprised to learn her own family’s refugee story.

Photos: Haunting images show the devastating effects of a toxic mud slide in Brazil

On Nov. 5, a dam at an iron ore mine in southeastern Brazil collapsed, unleashing 50 million cubic meters of waste water that flooded nearby communities and killed more than 10 people.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs $5

The tiny Raspberry Pi computer has just been released in a new version that’s even smaller than previous credit card-sized editions.

One concept will dominate the Paris climate talks, and it has nothing to do with the climate

The need for action against climate change is arguably the biggest collective challenge the world has ever faced.

This year, your Thanksgiving dinner’s key ingredient is more expensive than ever

A standard Thanksgiving dinner, including a large turkey and all the trimmings, is expected to cost $50.11 this year, up slightly from last year’s $49.41, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), a farming lobby.

Charted: China’s growing appetite for American turkey

Today (Nov.26), families and friends across the US will be gorging on turkey. But by some accounts, a growing number of diners in China did too.