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The city of Tokyo is debating whether to legalise the sound of children’s voices in a case that shows that an ageingRobin Harding in Tokyo
When Sasha entered the room, he was told to strip and bend down. “Look how nice and healthy!” said the middle-aged woman asKathrin Hille and Neil Buckley in Moscow
Bad news for chocolate lovers. Pay more for your chocolate or risk watching your favourite product disappear from theEmiko Terazono
Vodafone has become one of the first multinational companies to offer new mothers equal minimum maternity leave across theNaomi Rovnick
Thailand’s Dhammakaya temple: the Makha Bucha ceremony An army of miniature golden Buddhas on the Dhammakaya temple’s domedMichael Peel in Bangkok
With two months to go till election day, the polls, the Populus/Hanover Election Outcome Predictor and the situation on theCommentary by Rick Nye, managing director of Populus
Elsewhere on Friday… - Closer to the rise - The case against killer robots - How much student debt, you say? - A SwissPaul Murphy
Amazon is trying a new strategy in its decade-long struggle to expand in China: if you can’t beat them, join them. The USCharles Clover in Beijing
Thomas Cook shares soared on Friday after Fosun International, the Chinese group that recently acquired French holidayNathalie Thomas in London and Patti Waldmeir in Shanghai
The biggest US banks would suffer combined losses of almost $500bn in the event of a financial crisis, according to theAmie Tsang
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