Can South Korea’s Moon usher in a new climate era?

President Moon has briefly shut down dirty coal plants in South Korea, ushering in a new era for climate change. DW examines Moon’s climate policy and how he intends to clean one of the world’s most polluted countries.

An Interview with Malta’s First and Only Craft Brewery: Lord Chambray

In an interview with Prostly, D’Imperio explains that opening a brewery on the island mostly dominated by mass beer production was a challenge, as even beer drinkers, he said, didn’t know the meaning of craft or hops.

North Korean defector: ‘I am still not free’

In a DW interview, North Korean defector Park Yeon-mi talks about her escape from the communist country and challenges she is facing now. The activist says she’s worried about the safety of her relatives in the North.


Malala Yousafzai named youngest UN Messenger of Peace

The United Nations Secretary General has named 19-year-old Malala Yousafzai as the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honor given to a citizen by the UN. Yousafzai received the award to promote girls’ education.


ACT test leak scandal highlights growing academic pressure

A college entry exam used to gain entry to US universities was recently canceled in South Korea and Hong Kong due to an alleged breach of test materials. DW takes a look at the high academic expectations in these places.


Challenges await Myanmar’s quest for change

Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party triumphed in last year’s parliamentary elections, promising to reshape the country. DW examines the challenges this entails, and the government’s first steps towards confronting them.


Bangladesh finds an answer in solar energy

A blackout in Bangladesh left an entire country in the dark and searching for answers. Experts say the South Asian country desperately needs alternative energy sources, for instance solar power.


Why Are All the Women Flocking to the Bumble Dating App?

Tinder is in the hot seat. More and more people are downloading the female-friendly Bumble app for their matchmaking needs, loosening Tinder’s grasp on the online dating world. The reason for this? There are many, and each is a reason why you should be using Bumble to find your next match made in heaven.

Voice of Siri Susan Bennett Tells MakeUseOf How Siri Changed Her Life

When Apple’s intelligent voice assistant, Siri, was introduced with iOS 5 in 2011, it was touted as the next big thing. Since then, millions of people have used the “humble personal assistant” to perform all sorts of tasks, from playing songs, checking the weather, searching the web, and asking more obscure questions like: “What is the meaning of life?” (42!)

Through it all, Siri has delivered. She’s proven to be a valuable tool that can even learn and adapt to each user, proving that her time as your number two hasn’t been in vain. And at the forefront of that caring, often funny assistant is a voice recognized the world over. That voice belongs to Susan Bennett.

In an interview with MakeUseOf, she tells us how her work as Siri has changed her life, why she fears for the future, and why you should be nice to the assistant who helps millions of people every day.

5 Ways You Can Experience the Best Travel Ever With Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing has, once again, changed the way you travel by releasing Hangouts, a new update to the travel site that promises “to easily find nearby Couchsurfers, and make plans to meet up.” The new update promises to better bring together travelers from around the world to learn about culture, share food, and have fun. And with Hangouts, you can easily do so.

A battle plan to the best Scottish beers during Edinburgh’s Fringe Fest

With the official Edinburgh Fringe Festival app on hand, filled with places to go and events to see, I thought I’d be fine choosing what to do. But with so many great possibilities and less than a weekend there, deciding on the best beers and events seemed almost impossible.

Korean writer Han Kang’s success ‘represents a change’

In an interview with DW, literary agent Barbara Zitwer discusses Korean literature and its global appeal after the success of Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian,” which recently won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

India’s war on tobacco and industry woes

India’s top court has ruled that tobacco companies must display larger health warnings on cigarette packs, giving a boost to the government’s latest move to reduce smoking and curb tobacco-related illnesses. DW examines.

AMURT: A Compassionate Connection to India

A main component of AMURT is the principal belief that “development is human exchange: people sharing wisdom, knowledge and experience to build a better world.” Their values are shaped by the people they help; every person has the right to basic necessities, development and respect. Each person should be provided the opportunity to determine his or her own future. This is possible through equal respect and understanding, equal opportunity and equal rights. It’s all about equality. It’s all about the idea that a person can succeed if he or she is given the chance.

If a person needs water, he/she must be given a cup to drink .


South Korea’s struggle with cultural diversity

Many in South Korea have complained about what they perceive as growing intolerance against foreigners, pointing to Korean-only bars. DW takes a look at the reasons behind this development.


Activists call for ‘sexist’ pickup artist Julien Blanc to be banned from Germany

The debate on whether “dating coach” Julien Blanc should be banned from holding seminars has reached Germany. His crime? Sexist “pickup” methods, his critics say. But Blanc and his group could still perform in Germany.


North Korea denounces US naval deployment in west Pacific

Pyongyang has denounced Washington’s “reckless” naval deployment off the Korean peninsula, warning it would “react to any mode of war.” A US naval strike group has made a detour to the west Pacific.


Published by Shay

International journalist, writer, editor, radio host and TV reporter with experience working in the US, Germany and South Korea.

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