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Western museums pressed to return stolen treasures to Asia and Africa, so why are some dragging their feet?

Western museums pressed to return stolen treasures to Asia and Africa, so why are some dragging their feet?

Qing dynasty treasures, including a carved white jade figure of the star god of longevity, Shulao, are scheduled for auction in Hong Kong on November 30 in a sale titled Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection.

History of the chicken: from Asian jungle to the world’s kitchens

History of the chicken: from Asian jungle to the world's kitchens

The wiry bird scuffling around in the mountainous jungles near the northern Thailand-Myanmar border doesn’t look like much, but this scrawny red jungle fowl has been tapped as the primary ancestor of the modern world’s all-important domestic chicken.

Amid demonetisation jitters, India’s traders shun A$100

Amid demonetisation jitters, India's traders shun A$100

The possibility that a taskforce on Australia’s informal economy will recommend the withdrawal of the 100 Australian dollar bill is having unforeseen consequences for Australian travellers in India, where the notes are being refused by merchants and money changers.

Fears for poorer Asian nations as Ebola outbreak keeps spreading

Fears for poorer Asian nations as Ebola outbreak keeps spreading

While nations with sophisticated health networks debate the merits of mandatory quarantine and whether to place a temporary ban on passengers flying in from West Africa, Asian nations are bracing for the worst, with some experts saying an outbreak of Ebola in the region is almost inevitable.

Hunters now the hunted

Hunters now the hunted

It was after midnight when the patrolling forest guards first saw them. Five poachers crouching in the jungle, tense and braced for trouble, ready to slaughter a rhino in one of India’s premier national parks. They had crept in from the north as the monsoon flood-waters ebbed, willing to risk death for the precious horn.