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A second third way?
NEWS FEATURE 1
How WannaCry took the world by storm
NEWS FEATURE 2
China pushes ahead with ambitious One Belt, One Road project
DIGEST AMERICAS
Who stands against narco violence in Mexico?
DIGEST EUROPE
Merkel takes a giant step towards a fourth term as chancellor
DIGEST EUROPE
In Berlin, Macron tests the waters for his European shake-up
DIGEST EUROPE
Ukraine takes its fight with Russia to social media
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
North Korea inches closer to striking the US mainland
DIGEST AFRICA
Mass jailbreak frees Christian separatist leader in Kinshasa
DIGEST AFRICA
Tunisia: Protests return to the cradle of the Arab Spring
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Sesame science: A unifying force in the divided Middle East
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
The high stakes of Iran’s presidential election
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
Cholera deaths highlight Yemen’s plight
THE PICTURE
Praying with fire
GOOD NEWS
Brazil declares end of Zika public health emergency
Big Data platform to help farmers weather harsh climates
THE  INFOGRAPHIC
The cost of hacking
IN SCIENCE
3D printer creates ‘bionic skin’
IN MEDICINE
Did a stroke of bad luck put an end to the dinosaurs?
IN TECHNOLOGY
Are ‘Internet abortions’ safe?
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In limbo in Melilla: the young refugees trapped in Spain's African enclave
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Connecting Iquitos: Building a road through the Amazon
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Richard Spencer Was My High-School Classmate
GOOD NEWS
A selection of positive news from around the world this week.
Brazil declares end of Zika public health emergency
E ighteen months after it was declared, Brazil’s health ministry has put an end to the public health emergency related to the Zika virus after having reported a 95% reduction in the number of cases during the first four months of this year. Nonetheless, Brazilian authorities have said they will keep active measures to decrease the number of mosquitoes carrying the virus as well as surveillance programmes and assistance to affected families.
Big Data platform to help farmers weather harsh climates
A new initiative backed by the likes of IBM and Amazon will put the power of information to work for small farmers in developing economies by offering them information on crops, weather and soil conditions. The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture aims to help producers adapt to volatile rain patterns, drought frequency and rising temperatures, and could capitalise on the spread of smartphones by offering real-time information via text.
3D-printed ovaries may provide solution to infertility
Infertile mice which were given a 3D-printed ‘ovarian bioprosthesis’ have successfully given birth to healthy pups. The study marks a significant steps towards creating artificial ovaries for human beings, which would allow women whose reproductive systems have been damaged by cancer treatment to still give birth.
The world’s first clean energy refugee camp
Twenty thousand Syrian refugees now have their electricity provided by solar power, after Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp became the first to be powered by renewable energy. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the project will save $1.5 million, which the agency hopes can be used to improve other aspects of the camp.
Educating boys away from Boko Haram
Traditionally, ‘Almajiris’ was the name given to boys sent to boarding schools across northern Nigeria for an Islamic education, where a neglected education system made them vulnerable for recruitment by the jihadi group Boko Haram. Now a programme supported by the American University of Nigeria hopes to change that by educating the boys and providing them with refuge.
Sam Courtney-Guy, Tim Cross, Kaspar Loftin & Manuel Langendorf
Good News
18 May 2017 - last edited 5 days ago