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EDITOR'S LETTER
The people decide
NEWS FEATURE 1
Raising the stakes: Trump and Kim edge closer to nuclear war
NEWS FEATURE 2
Facebook's identity crisis
DIGEST AMERICAS
The arrests of two fugitive governors arouse suspicion in Mexico
DIGEST AMERICAS
Will the Odebrecht corruption scandal bury Lula’s legend?
DIGEST EUROPE
France’s four-horse election race leaves Europe in the balance
DIGEST EUROPE
Britain gears up for a snap Brexit election
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Trump signals lethal intent with the ‘Mother of All Bombs’
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Vigilante justice reigns strong in Pakistan
DIGEST AFRICA
Road rage in Zambia: Opposition leader faces treason charge
DIGEST AFRICA
A report adds to the controversy over Ethiopia's Oromo protests
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Palestinian prisoners go on mass hunger strike
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Syria’s ‘four towns’ evacuation deal turns into a massacre
THE PICTURE
A baptism of fireworks
GOOD NEWS
Tropical diseases are being treated at an unprecedented rate
Rain for famine-struck Somalia
THE  INFOGRAPHIC
Where on Earth did that come from?
IN SCIENCE
Can drugs really take you to a higher state of consciousness?
IN MEDICINE
Three-foot ‘giant worm’ discovered in Philippines
IN TECHNOLOGY
On a frozen Saturn moon, the ingredients for life
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Chechens tell of prison beatings and electric shocks in anti-gay purge: ‘They called us animals’
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For women only: Coffee, billiards and cards in Gaza cafe
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Living with the dead - BBC News
GOOD NEWS
Tropical diseases are being treated at an unprecedented rate
T he World Health Organisation has reported that major progress has been made in the treatment of neglected tropical diseases since 2007, with an unprecedented 1 billion people receiving treatment in 2015 alone. Political support, generous donations of medicines and improvements in living conditions have led to these great advancements. 
Rain for famine-struck Somalia
After a year of drought, important ‘long rains’ are forecast to arrive in Somalia imminently. Drought is not the only reason for famine in the country, but rainfall will ease the woes of farmers in the region, who have been struggling since it stopped raining last year.
New plan to protect and valorise Colombia’s rich biodiversity
International researchers led by the British Earlham Institute have created a multidisciplinary network to study, promote and preserve Colombia’s plant and animal life, which represents 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Colombia’s abundance of flora and fauna could be used as a tool to fight starvation and malnutrition. 
HIV self-tests available from Chinese vending machines
Students at the Harbin Medical University in northern China are now able to purchase HIV self-testing kits from the same vending machines that sell soft-drinks and noodles. Proponents hope that the discrete nature of vending machines will produce higher detection and lower transmission rates.
Progress in removing viruses from wastewater
Researchers from Israel and the US have developed a new technique to improve the process by which viruses are removed from treated wastewater used for drinking in water-scarce cities. Waterborne viruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, some of them deadly.
Kaspar Loftin, Manuel Langendorf, Alastair McCready & Marta Rodríguez
Good News
20 April 2017 - last edited 5 days ago