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EDITOR'S LETTER
The 'other'
NEWS FEATURE 1
Is President Trump on the brink of a new Watergate?
NEWS FEATURE 2
Playing with Greek fire
DIGEST AMERICAS
No Trump bump for Twitter’s profits
DIGEST EUROPE
Fed up with taking the flak, Brussels launches a revamp
DIGEST EUROPE
Martin Schulz’s bid to topple Merkel hits turbulence
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Did Kim Jong-un order his own half-brother’s assassination?
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Kim’s missiles pose a major foreign policy challenge for Trump
DIGEST AFRICA
Former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor phones allies from UK prison
DIGEST AFRICA
The resignation of a general shines further light on the atrocities in South Sudan
DIGEST AFRICA
Armyworms and drought threaten millions of people in southern and eastern Africa
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Siege, chemical weapons and misinformation: How Assad broke Aleppo
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Is the two-state solution dead and buried?
THE PICTURE
Basking in a purifying golden glow
GOOD NEWS
Testing for Ebola in 15 mins
Malaysian aid for Rohingyas arrives in Bangladesh
THE  INFOGRAPHIC
People in numbers
IN SCIENCE
De-extinction: Not such a mammoth task?
IN MEDICINE
Why are we so bad at remembering details?
IN TECHNOLOGY
A white dwarf star contains the building blocks for life
roadsandkingdoms.com
The Friendliest Border - Roads & Kingdoms
foreignpolicy.com
The Blackwater of Jihad
africanarguments.org
The Strong Breed: The rise and fall of Africa’s great literary leaders | African Arguments
GOOD NEWS
China bans the ivory trade
C hina has announced a ban on all activities related to the ivory trade by March 31. Wildlife organisations hailed the decision, saying it could bring elephants back from the edge of extinction because China currently hosts the world’s largest market in the material.
India opens two world-leading clean energy projects
India has launched two projects that break new ground in the production of clean energy, both in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. A first-of-its-kind industrial plant that transforms CO2 emissions from a coal boiler into valuable chemicals has opened in Tuticorin, and the world’s largest solar farm has opened less than 100 km away in Kamuthi.
Costa Rica sets a new green standard
More than 98% of Costa Rica’s energy came from renewable sources - mostly water power - for the second year in a row in 2016. The Central American country went 250 days without burning any fossil fuels.
The UN implements a campaign to help HIV patients in war-torn Libya
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun distributing life saving anti-retroviral drugs to Libya’s 6,330 registered HIV sufferers. They had been left with limited or no treatment due to the collapse of medical services in the country following the 2011 civil war.
Tim Cross, Alastair McCready & Marta Rodríguez
Good News
05 January 2017 - last edited today