The Sri Lankan president’s sacking of the prime minister and installation of a former strongman has left the country in political limbo.
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Old political rivalries have boiled over in Sri Lanka's worsening political crisis. Some fear possible violence less than a decade after the end of a brutal 25-year civil war.
The questions raised by the region's failed bid for independence remain unanswered. And key figures remain in prison.
Some countries seem to provide more equitable opportunities in schools and society in general. Others have work to do if they want to advance the adage that hard work and education afford success regardless of one’s existing social status.
Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there's a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?
A policeman holds a flower at the site of a bomb attack on a bus transporting Tunisian presidential guards November 25, 2015.
A recent attack at the heart of the Tunisian capital highlights how regional security is on the precipice.
Surgeonfish on a reef in the Maldives.
Drastic oxygen losses in the world's oceans millions of years ago coincided with mass extinctions. Scientists see this as a warning about how climate change could affect oceans today.
Barbados was ground zero for racism and slavery but due to the resilience of the islanders, it is a model country of democracy. Here a sugar cane harvest post card, circa 1927.
W. L. Johnson & Co. Ltd., Barbados. No. 15
U.S. President Trump's former attorney revealed some ugly racist things his client has said. One of them - once again - speaks of "shit-hole" countries. We need to counter this false idea.
The cast of Opera Australia’s 2018 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremburg) is a long, complex work. An ensemble performance by Opera Australia transports Wagner’s 16th-century guild of mastersingers to a modern-day men’s club.
A stamp printed in Malagasy shows a mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus), circa 1994.
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The mummichog is a little-known fish that has made significant contributions to biological knowledge.
Recent hoax papers in humanities don't show what they claim, but need to be taken seriously.
The most commonly criticised feature of the bill is the arbitrary maximum period of two years within which a decision about permanent placement has to be made.
One of the state's most significant powers is the ability to remove children from their families. Potential reforms in NSW could expand this already racialised power in frightening ways.
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The Maldives may end up with perfect conditions for reef island building, but no new coral to build islands with.
Two theories on autism and sex differences are confirmed in half a million people.
Most of Kyoto’s narrow streets could become no-car zones.
The city where the Kyoto Protocol was signed resolved some years ago to move away from cars and towards low-emission alternatives for getting around. And it's making real progress towards that goal.
New book extends the canon of investigative journalism from 1706 through to 2017.
A new book celebrates the long and rich history of investigative reporting in southern Africa, and highlights some hidden and forgotten gems.
Emoji can cloak microaggressions in humour and play.
Emoji can be used on social media to spread racism in ways that make it seem normal, mundane and acceptable.
The active Erta Ale volcano in the northern Afar region of Ethiopia.
To be better prepared for future eruptions there's a need to understand and monitor poorly known volcanoes, even in remote places.
Sharice Davids, the first lesbian Native American Congresswoman.
Several states now have their first female senator and more than 100 women will enter the House of Representatives.
#winning? Not exactly.
The Democrats took the House of Representatives, but uncertainty remains and Trump is still standing. All eyes are now on Robert Mueller.
Democrat Beto O'Rourke won 63 percent of Latino voters in Texas, exit polls show, and Latinos seem to have voted in record numbers. But it wasn’t enough to win.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
Record high Latino participation shows this growing voter segment will turn out for parties and politicians who tackle issues they care about. That's a big lesson for 2020 – and not just for Dems.
Images of Donald Trump from the midterm campaign.
Illustration by Bob Britten
Here's a riddle: What's the dominant image of the 2018 election campaign? There isn't one. But there are many.