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Vo Quy, Father of Environmental Conservation in Vietnam, Dies at 87

HONG KONG — In the early 1960s, a young ornithologist successfully persuaded Vietnam’s top leaders, including its founding president, Ho Chi Minh, to designate a tract of land near the capital as the country’s first national park.<p>“They listened to this guy who goes out and watches birds,” said …

What's behind the persecution of Burma's Rohingya Muslims?

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali-born student accused of carrying out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University this week, reportedly …

Visiting Vietnam

The bay of Nha Trang.<p>All we hear about growing up in the United States is the Vietnam War, where our fathers fought. My father did, and I sat in …

Brazil is in crisis. And once again, the poorest will bear the burden | Mariana Prandini Assis

President Michel Temer is aiming to enshrine 20 years of austerity in the constitution. It amounts to a coup against the poor – and against democracy itself<p>Poor Brazilians have long counted on a thin welfare state for basic human rights, such as healthcare, education and social security; but this …

Brazil

‘Prepared for the worst’: Bolivians face historic drought, and global warming could intensify it

For weeks, hundreds of thousands of Bolivians have been stricken with drought, with some neighborhoods receiving water for only three hours every three days. Armed forces drive tanks into affected communities, where families form long lines to collect water. The drought became so fierce recently …

CIA director John Brennan warns Donald Trump not to end Iran deal and be cautious with Russia

John Brennan, the CIA director, has warned Donald Trump that scrapping the Iranian nuclear deal would be the "height of folly" and could lead to an arms race in the Middle East.<p>Mr Brennan, who will step down in January after four years as America's top spy, said it would be "disastrous" for the …

A Paris suburb's unabashed shift to the far right shows why Le Pen might win the French presidency

The 34-year-old sales clerk lives in the Paris dormitory town of Mantes-la-Ville, one of 10 cities the National Front (FN) seized control of during municipal elections in 2014.<p>Since then, residents are relieved that "nothing has changed in our daily lives," Fougerolles said in the low-rise town …

The man next in line for Cuba's presidency wants to modernize the country

Fidel Castro died last Friday aged 90 and the 85-year-old Raul Castro, who took over as president in 2008, says he will step down in February 2018 at the end of his second five-year term.<p>Diaz-Canel was elevated to the position of first vice-president in 2013, putting him next in line for the …