Thousands of scrapped taxis are pictured at a yard in the center of China's Chongqing city on March 4. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities as the country's long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars. China may surpass the US this year to become the largest car market in the world. AFP/Newscom
Canada's highest court struck down all three of Canada's prostitution-related laws: bans on keeping a brothel, making a living from prostitution, and street soliciting. The decision reopens the national debate on the legality of Canada's sex trade.
Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press /
December 21, 2013
Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their profession more dangerous. The ruling drew criticism from the conservative government and religious leaders.