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Feeding the war machine
NEWS FEATURE 1
Stuck in the desert: Displaced Syrians struggle in sealed off camp
NEWS FEATURE 2
Chechnya’s gay persecution: Could Ramzan Kadyrov’s time be running out?
DIGEST AMERICAS
Will Brazil face a new impeachment crisis?
DIGEST AMERICAS
Venezuela marks 50 days of bloodshed
DIGEST AMERICAS
Trump’s budget hints at looming healthcare battle
DIGEST EUROPE
Britain reels from the deadliest attack in over a decade
DIGEST EUROPE
Greece’s financial future is cast in doubt after bailout talks fail
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
In a first in Asia, Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
A new anti-conspiracy bill stirs controversy in Japan
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Philippine President Duterte declares martial law on Mindanao
DIGEST AFRICA
Poor Ugandans could lose mobile phone access
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Trump in the Middle East: Going back to the old days
THE PICTURE
Almost heaven, West Virginia
GOOD NEWS
California sets a new record for renewable energy generation
Researchers make progress in search for malaria vaccine
THE  INFOGRAPHIC
The money behind the weapons
IN SCIENCE
Is flammable ice the fuel of the future?
IN MEDICINE
Experts draw up rules for real-life star wars
IN TECHNOLOGY
Superhuman Sherpas could help treat hypoxia
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Mexico's avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels
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Then and now: Finding love during the Khmer Rouge
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
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05 January 2017 - last edited today