Myanmar's dam plans may cause new kind of poverty, villagers warn
18 May 2015
By Christiane Oelrich
Myanmar villagers demonstrate against hydro dam - © Hsa Moo, EPA
Yangon (dpa) - Giant dams, mighty hydroelectric plants and mega-bucks from foreign electricity sales: that's the vision of the future touted by the government of Myanmar, as it tries to lift the country from poverty.
China’s Amazonian railway ‘threatens uncontacted tribes’ and the rainforest
by Jonathan Watts
Saturday, 16 May 2015
The 1.8m hectares Madre de Dios reserve is the largest national park in Peru Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters
Chinese premier Li Keqiang is to push controversial plans for a railway through the Amazon rainforest during a visit to South America next week, despite concerns about the possible impact on the environment and on indigenous tribes.
Russian official causes outrage with 'shrivelled women' remarks
by Shaun Walker
Friday 15 May 2015
Women queue in a market in Sovetov square, Kemerovo, Russia. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty
Russia’s top children’s rights official has caused controversy by defending the right of middle-aged men to marry teenagers, on the basis that women are often “shrivelled” by the time they turn 27.