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Sounds of Syrian prison nominated for Britain's Turner Prize for contemporary art

A sound installation based on interviews with former detainees at a high-security prison in Syria has been nominated for Britain's Turner Prize for contemporary art in a shortlist unveiled recently.


Environment activists jailed for filming sand export activities

Cambodia jails two environment activists for filming sand export activity. Sand mining for export is officially banned as fishermen have protested that it has damaged the environment and affected their livelihoods.


Human Writes: Malaysia's death penalty doesn’t work and we need to drop it

The mandatory death penalty for drug offences does not work, it's time we dropped it completely, says Human Writes columnist Mangai Balasegaram.


Why did floods and mudslides kill so many people?

The magnitude of damage caused by a mudslide and floods that killed hundreds of people in Sierra Leone was due to the government's failure to implement housing and environmental policies, Amnesty International said Thursday.


Bosses can ban hijabs and turbans at the work, says EU court

A top court in the EU has allowed a company to ban religious attire such as headscarves at the workplace. Religious rights groups say this is discrimination.


Human Writes: Be the change you want to see – it might just work nowadays

A ‘digital democracy’ is flowering says Human Writes columnist Mangai Balasegaram, and social media campaigns started by individuals are changing the real world.


This artist creates mind-bending looks with her makeup skills

Beauty Beat: Incredibly gifted makeup artist Dain Yoon makes you do a double take.


Baling probes into our dark past for a brighter view

Five Arts Centre's Mark Teh and his revolving gang of performer-researchers continue to dissect the Baling Talks.


Black Flags: A superb bio of Abu Musab Zarqawi

A brilliant biography of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the man who killed tens of thousands of people in the ISIS war.