Southeast Asia

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

Indonesia reconsiders Suharto

Indonesia's former dictator Suharto is still in critical condition after coming close to dying recently; the 85-year-old Suharto ruled the country for more than three decades and was responsible for many human rights abuses

Environment

Java trees

Indonesia planted millions of trees to absorb the greenhouse gases caused by the December 2007 Bali climate conference, but the nation's record on tree conservation has been dismal. Java used to be home to one of the world's oldest teak forests, but illegal logging, fires, and government mis-management have destroyed the trees.

Bird Flu Update

The Avian Influenza has taken its toll on poultry populations over the years, but just how likely is a human pandemic? We get an update from the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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As the West jeers, durian mania rises in Asia

It’s difficult to overstate how silly the Western dislike for durian looks from East and Southeast Asia. Across Asia, durian is actually selling like never before. Long a coveted fruit, the durian has, in recent years, become the focus of a full-on food craze.

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Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

As May Day celebrations and rallies have been curtailed, workers around the world are pushing for their rights. Fuel shortages are making life harder for Venezuelans, especially essential workers. And even as Lebanon teeters on the edge of economic collapse, some Americans are choosing to ride out the pandemic there. Meanwhile, Sweden's gardeners have become real party poopers.

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