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South Africa grapples with worst drought in 30 years

<b>South Africa is facing one of the worst droughts to hit the region in 30 years. Many small farmers are expected to go out of business as food production and prices increase, especially in the Free State province.</b><p>In the middle of what used to be a watering hole, a black calf whose name is Kgantsho a …

Recovery slow after Philippine storm damage

<b>Leyte -</b> Sunday marks two years since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, made landfall in the Philippines.<p>The storm, which struck between November 2 and November 11, 2013, killed more than 6,000 people and displaced millions more.<p>Philippines President Benigno Aquino earlier …

Migrant crisis: Chaos at Croatian border

<b>Riot police in the Croatian border town of Tovarnik are trying to control crowds of migrants crossing from Serbia, as the EU struggles to deal with the mass movement of people on its southern borders.</b><p>More than 6,000 have reportedly so far entered Croatia from Serbia after Hungary closed its border …

Migrant crisis: Hungary declares emergency at Serbia border

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Mers outbreak: Hong Kong warns against S Korea travel

<b>Hong Kong has issued a red alert warning against travel to South Korea, which is battling an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers).</b><p>The warning means South Korea is considered to pose significant threats to tourism, and Hong Kong residents are advised to cancel non-essential …

ISIL 'controls half' of Syria's land area

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has seized territory from both Syrian government forces and rival rebels over the weekend, further expanding the area it has proclaimed straddling Iraq and Syria.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Britain-based monitoring group with …

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible

<b>Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.</b><p>They have genetically modified yeast to perform the complicated chemistry needed to convert sugar to morphine.<p>The findings, published in Nature Chemical Biology, raise promise for medicine but also …

Colombia crackdown on illegal mines in Amazon

<b>Colombia's armed forces have arrested 59 people in a major crackdown on illegal mining in the Amazon.</b><p>Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said they had dismantled an illegal financing network used by the Farc guerrilla group.<p>He said 63 sites near the border with Brazil and Venezuela - where gold, …

Australia's central bank cuts rates to historic low

<b>The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut its key interest rate by 25 basis points to an all-time low of 2%.</b><p>A strong currency and a drop in iron ore prices are among the reasons for the cut.<p>The cut is the second this year, following a previous 25 basis point cut in February.<p>The RBA's move follows …

Vatican presses politicians on climate change

<b>The Vatican Science Academy has challenged politicians to end their "infatuation" with a form of economic growth that is ruining the Earth.</b><p>The academy said that nations were measuring their wealth by GDP (Gross Domestic Product), taking no account of the harm caused by business practises.<p>It urged …

Google help for Loch Ness Monster hunters

<b>Fans of the Loch Ness Monster will be able to explore its "habitat" using Google Street View.</b><p>The US technology company has uploaded visuals taken on and beneath the loch's surface to its Street View website.<p>When searching the loch, users of the site will find Google's yellow Pegman icon changes to …

Buhari: We will make every effort to save schoolgirls

Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to make every effort to free more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram fighters a year ago, but admitted it was not clear whether they would ever be found.<p>His statement on Tuesday came a day after Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai …

'Monster salamanders' found in fossilised mass grave

<b>Scientists have discovered a new species of massive, toothy amphibian dating from 220 million years ago.</b><p>Hundreds of the creatures probably died when a lake dried up, leaving a huge jumble of bones which is now being excavated in southern Portugal.<p>Although related to modern salamanders, the …

Vanuatu development wiped out by 'monster' Cyclone Pam

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must "start over" after a powerful cyclone ravaged most of the islands' buildings, the country's president said.<p>Baldwin Lonsdale in an interview on Monday said that Cyclone Pam destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the …

Hunt for new obesity pills

<b>Two promising approaches to finding effective weight loss drugs have been presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.</b><p>Animals given one experimental drug showed "dramatic" weight loss, according to scientists.<p>In another early study, in men, the love hormone oxytocin appeared to help …

Devastation and disease after deadly Malawi floods | Africa

<b>Nsanje, Malawi -</b> The most devastating floods in living memory have stranded at least 20,000 people in southern Malawi with disease now threatening to inflict further suffering.<p>When the rains began in Nsanje province on January 11, a 20-kilometre-long vein of cropland on the east bank of the Shire …

'Gerbils replace rats' as main cause of Black Death

<b>Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia.<p>Prof Nils Christian Stenseth, from the …

'Innocent people' on police photos database

<b>Police forces in England and Wales have uploaded up to 18 million "mugshots" to a facial recognition database - despite a court ruling it could be unlawful.</b><p>They include photos of people never charged, or others cleared of an offence, and were uploaded without Home Office approval, Newsnight has …

Kepler telescope identifies ancient solar system

<b>An ancient solar system similar to our own has been discovered by scientists.</b><p>Studying data from the Kepler telescope, the team, led by the University of Birmingham, found a star orbited by five planets similar in size to Earth.<p>The system, 117 light-years away, is the oldest known of its kind, …

US snow: National Weather Service admits forecast error

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Transplant first: Organ donation from UK newborn

<b>Doctors have performed the first organ transplants from a newborn in the UK.</b><p>In a procedure described as a milestone in neonatal care, a six-day-old baby girl's kidneys and liver cells were given to two separate recipients after her heart stopped beating.<p>Experts argue there is potential for more …

Ferguson: Obama's call for police body-camera

US President Barack Obama has requested $263m (£167m) to improve police training, pay for body cameras and restore trust in policing.<p>Mr Obama asked Congress for the funds after a week of nationwide protests over perceived policing injustices.<p>Ferguson in Missouri was rocked by riots after a grand …

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