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Africa is rich in diamonds but still poor

For months now, Africa's rough diamonds have been increasing in value but the sale proceeds do not reach the people. Instead, they benefit …

Africa

$1,000 phones are an inevitable side effect of commoditization

Top-tier smartphones have always been a reasonably expensive purchase, but the close to $1,000 price tag of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone refresh has put many consumer heads (and wallets) into a spin. They’re ultra-expensive, no doubt, but some will argue that the sheer amount of cutting …

How Netflix’s Content Strategy Is Reshaping Movie Culture

“Bueller? Bueller?” If you’ve seen <i>Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,</i> that one line probably conjures up memories of <i>Oh yeah, chicka chicka,</i> Ferraris, playing hooky, and dating in high school — all of which feature heavily in the hit coming-of-age film.<p>Like <i>The Usual Suspects (</i>“Who is Keyser Soze?”<i>)</i>, <i>Old School</i> …

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Mother of young Calgary hockey player said daughter refuses to wear ‘discriminatory’ jersey

Starting hockey should be an exciting moment for any seven-year-old.<p>But for one Calgary girl, that excitement was spoiled after realizing what emblem …

Two-thirds of American adults get news from social media: survey

(Reuters) - About two-thirds of American adults are getting "at least some of their news on social media" with two-in-ten doing so often, according to a Pew Research Center survey this week.<p>About 67 percent of American adults somewhat rely on social media platforms such as Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc …

300 tonnes of diseased pig carcasses – the latest example of China's pollution crisis

Villagers near illegal burial site in Zhejiang had complained for years of a terrible stench around their homes

Pollution

Coca-Cola sucks wells dry in Chiapas, forcing residents to buy water

<b>(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)</b><p>A Coca-Cola bottling plant in Mexico consumes millions of liter of water per day while wells dry up<p>Martha Pskowski<p>September 16, 2017 12:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Truthout.<p>The water is disappearing in San Felipe Ecatepec, an Indigenous town three miles …

Mexico

'Alarm bells we cannot ignore': world hunger rising for first time this century

UN agencies warn conflict and climate change are undermining food security, causing chronic undernourishment and threatening to reverse years of progress<p>The number of hungry people in the world has increased for the first time since the turn of the century, sparking concern that conflict and …

Division over religious symbols in Quebec takes centre stage ahead of NDP leadership showcase

Late in the NDP leadership race, fault lines are emerging in the NDP caucus over what Quebecers are looking for in their federal leader.<p>Heading into …