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Religion

Stuck in Bangkok, Saudi teenage apostate deftly turns to Twitter

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An 18-year-old Saudi woman is using social media to alert the world to her situation: As she was attempting to flee what she said was an abusive family, Thai officials stopped her while she was en route to Australia. She's now holed up in the Bangkok airport, but the world is watching, thanks to her Twitter account.

Technology

A tech startup called OMG wants to revolutionize cash for hundreds of millions of 'unbanked' people in Asia

Bangkok-based OmiseGO envisions a world where cash is digital and free-flowing, stored on blockchains, accessible by smartphones and effortlessly zapped across borders. It's a human right, they say. And they're starting with Asia's farmers, merchants, migrants and factory hands, who are now quite likely to own smartphones but may not have bank accounts.

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Environment

From megawatts to negawatts

Instead of consuming megawatts, the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute says we need to be producing negawatts. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Amory Lovins about his energy efficient lifestyle.

Al Qaeda and Thailand

Muslim rebels in Thailand have been battling Buddhist government forces for four years, and the government admitted today that it's far from winning, and suggested that the rebels may be getting support from al-Qaeda

The global spread of supermarkets

The World's Jason Margolis reports on the global spread of supermarkets, as in recent decades, supermarkets have become much more common in some developing countries than they used to be

Thailand's second war on drugs

Orlando de Guzman reports from Bangkok that Thailand is launching a second 'war on drugs;' five years ago the country drew international condemnation when its first anti-drugs campaign resulted in the death of more than two-thousand people.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the "Bawabet Dimashq" or Damascus Gate restaurant in Damascus, Syria. The place can seat over 6,000 people. The World's Aaron Schachter went there to check out the menu.