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EDITOR'S LETTER
On Refugee Week
NEWS FEATURE 1
Picking up the pieces after the Grenfell Tower tragedy
NEWS FEATURE 2
Going against the Asian flow, South Korea axes nuclear power
DIGEST AMERICAS
Trump on Cuba: Tough talk, moderate action
DIGEST AMERICAS
Amazon and Whole Foods: ‘Love at first sight’
DIGEST EUROPE
Are Europe’s elites divided and out of touch?
DIGEST EUROPE
A corruption saga topples Romania’s government
DIGEST EUROPE
FIFA’s new rule to fight racism in football
DIGEST EUROPE
Does Theresa May’s gamble risk peace in Northern Ireland?
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Thailand continues social media crackdown
DIGEST AFRICA
Smooth criminal? Equatorial Guinea’s heir apparent goes on trial
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
A palace reshuffle in Riyadh
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
The sands are shifting in eastern Syria
THE PICTURE
A forest of fire
GOOD NEWS
DELL will recycle plastic waste from Haiti’s beaches for laptop packaging
A cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be imminent
THE  INFOGRAPHIC
Humanity on the move
IN SCIENCE
China kicks off a quantum space race
IN MEDICINE
Archaeologists discover a lost Ethiopian city
IN TECHNOLOGY
Can your father’s age determine your intelligence?
www.spiegel.de
A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
roadsandkingdoms.com
Living to the Rhythm of the Race - Roads & Kingdoms
www.bbc.co.uk
Chicago goes high-tech in search of answers to gun crime surge - BBC News
GOOD NEWS
A selection of positive news from around the world this week.
Boko Haram captives released in Cameroon
B oko Haram’s activities in northern Cameroon are rarely mentioned. This week the national government said it had successfully captured one of the insurgent group’s strongholds in the Mandara mountains and freed at least 5,000 hostages, including elderly people, women and children.
Afghan forces free dozens of people imprisoned by the Taliban
On Monday, Afghanistan’s special forces freed 32 people imprisoned in a Taliban camp in the southern Helmand province, where most districts are under insurgent control. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that four of the prisoners were policemen and the rest were civilians.
FARC makes love not war
Dozens of babies have reportedly been born and many others are on their way at the transitional camps where around 7,000 FARC rebels gathered after laying down their arms as part of last year’s peace deal. For many, the idea of starting a family during the war was unthinkable; now they are seizing on the peace to experience parenthood.
Three decades on, Africa gets its own domain name
Taking pan-Africanism into the 21st century, this week the continent got its own Internet domain name. The web adress .africa was launched by the African Union in the hope that the continent will be brought together as “an Internet community”.
First ever sickle cell sufferer cured
A teenager diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia, an inherited blood disorder, has achieved complete remission after being the first person to undergo a new gene-editing treatment at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris. The success of this experimental treatment gives hope to sufferers of sickle cell - the most common gene disorder in the world, which until now has been incurable. 
China gives sanctuary to Siberian tigers and Amur leopards
China plans to complete a “comprehensive plan and pilot” for a new national park in the northeastern regions of Jilin and Heilongjiang by 2020. The aim is to provide a sanctuary for two species on the brink of of extinction: Siberian tigers and Amur leopards.
Kaspar Loftin & Marta Rodríguez
Good News
16 March 2017 - last edited 16 March 2017