Society

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded

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Is the world really better than ever?

The long read: The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism is holding us back By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to

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Are music festivals doing enough to tackle sexual assault?

Reports of rape and other attacks are on the rise but, from grassroots groups to industry efforts, measures are being undertaken to keep attendees safe Festival season is a time of joy, sunburn and sloshing about in muddy fields. However, this booming industry which attracts millions of attendees each year and convicted of attacking two