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Chinese censors crack down on treasonous porridge: The SinoFile

Beijing is onto the tricks of some of China's most cunning wordsmiths.

Southern Weekend's good, bad and imagined implications for Chinese press freedom: The SinoFile

The first in VO's new daily China blog series, The SinaFile, asks the universal question on Southern Weekend: What does it mean?

Iran’s tech ecosystem struggles to catch up to Persian diaspora startups

A casualty of emigration out of Iran, or brain drain?

Of mosques and men

Spring or winter? Two turns of phrase that reveal the Western punditry's misreading of Arab social movements', past and present.

Compassionate Eye Foundation empowers people in developing countries through photographs

A Vancouver-based organization turns stock photo royalties into schools and clinics in the developing world.

What you need to know about the coming Maya apocalypse

December 21st 2012 may be the end, but of what?

Harper says Canada not for sale, as Conservatives approve CNOOC Nexen buy-out

Following the Conservative government's approval of a $15 billion sale of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. by a state-owned Chinese enterprise, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that "Canada is...

Playground Builders bring joy to the world, one swing at a time

A Whistler-based charity works to bring fun and laughter to conflict zones where both are in short supply.

New York City and Hurricane Sandy in pictures

The largest Atlantic tropical system in history, Hurricane Sandy, made landfall south of Atlantic City, New Jersey last week. The system came ashore at 8 p.m. New York time. By 9 p.m. the...

How to land your international dream job

Tired of the same every day routine? Think about working overseas, everything from grocery shopping to neighbourhood runs can turn into an adventure!