Ariel Kratzner

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South Sudan declares famine in Unity State

<b>A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.</b><p>The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.<p>A combination of civil war and an economic …

Africa

Davos Elite Fret About Inequality Over Vintage Wine and Canapés

DAVOS, Switzerland — You have perhaps noticed that in many countries, history-altering numbers of people have grown enraged at the economic elite and their tendency to hog the spoils of globalization. This wave of anger has delivered Donald J. Trump to the White House, sent Britain toward the exit …

Dial M For Money: Can Mobile Banking Lift People Out Of Poverty?

If you live in Kenya there's a jingle you hear on television and radio a lot.<p>"Things are now modern!" they sing. "Things are now developed." It's an ad for a type of banking service called M-PESA that's run entirely through your mobile phone. You set up an account with the phone company. You can …

Entrepreneurship

Egypt toughens penalties for female genital mutilation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Egypt has brought into effect an amended law that toughens penalties on those who perform female genital mutilation, a practice that reportedly affects over 90% of Egyptian women, the health ministry announced.<p>The government this week told both state and privately-run health facilities that …

Female Genital Mutilation

Solomon Islands tsunami threat over after 7.8 quake

<b>(CNN) —</b> A magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit close to the Solomon Islands early Friday, forecasters said.<p>The earthquake hit less than 30 kilometers (19 miles) off the island of Makira -- and 70 kilometers (43 miles) southwest of the island's city of Kirakira -- about 4:38 a.m. local time Friday (12:38 …

Natural Disasters

Vietnam's Solution To Fish Death Scandal Leaves Many Locals Unsatisfied

This stinky chapter in Vietnam’s current affairs log was supposed to be over. After 80 tons of dead fish washed up on central coast beaches in April, citizens protested that the government moved too slowly in finding the cause. After weeks of sporadic demonstrations, some of them squelched, and …

Vietnam

Parisians grapple with worst winter pollution in a decade

PARIS (AP) — Under deceptively blue skies, the marvels of Paris beckoned. But art dealer Sophie Vigourous wore a face mask to appreciate them because …

Pollution

The Florida Keys approve a trial release of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika

Other tests have reduced mosquito populations by 90 percent<p>Last summer, the Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to test the use of a genetically modified mosquito in an effort to combat Zika and other illnesses transmitted by the insects. In …

Coast of Antarctica Will Host World’s Largest Marine Reserve

SYDNEY, Australia — The world’s biggest marine reserve, almost as large as Alaska, will be established in the Ross Sea in Antarctica under an agreement reached by representatives of 24 nations and the European Union in Australia on Friday.<p>The policy makers and scientists agreed unanimously to …

Marine Conservation

Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

<b>More than 150 countries have reached a deal described as "monumental" to phase out gases that are making global warming worse.</b><p>Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays.<p>Delegates meeting in Rwanda accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol …

Climate

UN Habitat III summit aims to shape future urban living

<b>UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on city leaders to make "tough decisions" in order to provide safe and sustainable cities in the future.</b><p>Mr Ban made his remarks in an address at the UN Habitat III conference that is only held once every 20 years.<p>Many urban areas, which are home to more …

Urbanism

Population shifts 'substantially influence' emissions

<b>Changing population dynamics could "substantially influence" future greenhouse gas emissions, a study has suggested.</b><p>A team of US and Austrian researchers found that urbanisation could increase emissions by up to 25% in some developing nations.<p>However, industrialised countries could see emissions …

Geography

50 years on, UK marks mine disaster that killed 128 children

LONDON (AP) — People across Britain fell silent Friday to mark 50 years since a mountain of coal sludge collapsed onto a village in Wales, killing …

Prince Philip

Saudi women file petition to end male guardianship system

<b>A petition signed by more than 14,000 Saudi women calling for an end to the country's male guardianship system is being handed to the government.</b><p>Women must have the consent of a male guardian to travel abroad, and often need permission to work or study.<p>Support for the first large-scale campaign on …

Human Rights

On board India's mosquito-busting train

India has decided to take the fight against deadly fevers to mosquito breeding grounds with a new train.<p>Large parts of the country are in the grip of viruses, with chikungunya, dengue and malaria all taking their toll.<p>Shilpa Kannan boarded the Mosquito Terminator Special to see it in action.<p>Filmed …

India

Ethiopia-Djibouti electric railway line opens

<b>Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa.</b><p>It links Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to the Red Sea port of Djibouti - a stretch of more than 750km (466 miles).<p>Travelling at 120km/h, the new service cuts the journey time down from three days …

Africa

Massive Earthquake Along the San Andreas Fault Is Disturbingly Imminent

A series of quakes under the Salton Sea may be a signal that the San Andreas Fault is on the verge of buckling. For the next few days, the risk of a …