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  • Camille Claudel Finally Comes Out of Rodin's Shadow

    Nogent-sur-Seine, France Arts & Books, Cultural 27 Mar 2017

    A new museum opens in France on March 26, 2017, dedicated to the extraordinary sculpture of Camille Claudel, who is mostly known for her soap-opera role as Rodin's young lover and muse, and later interment in a mental institution. Her talent, however, refused to be erased and stood the test of time... Read more

  • Israel-Palestinian conflict centre stage at annual Arab Leage Summit in Jordan

    Amman, Jordan Current Affairs 29 Mar 2017

    Jordan is hosting the annual Arab League Summit where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is figuring high on the agenda. I’ve interviewed Jordanian political analyst Labib Kamhawi. He expects the summit will usher in new initiative, worked out by some Arab countries, Israel and the US, to make a... Read more

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    South Sudan Famine

    Juba, South Sudan Current Affairs, War Reporter, Risk Analysis 31 Mar 2017

    " War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared ?(on Feb 20th,) three UN agencies warned. A further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine." from an article on relief web. I will visit to... Read more

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    Let it shine: how a hand-held LED solar lamp is bringing light to the billions without it

    Berlin, Germany Cultural 31 Mar 2017

    Berlin-based Icelandic artist and former WEF speaker Olafur Eliasson is adamant that art is a form of activism. At the 2012 Davos World Economic Forum in 2012 he spoke about how through the launch of Little Sun, a high-quality solar-powered LED lamp which Eliasson co-designed with Danish engineer... Read more

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    The challenges facing the Libyan oil crescent

    Ajdabiya, Libya Politics, War Reporter 31 Mar 2017

    I'd like to report on the situation in the Gulf of Sirte, Libya, where battles are continuing to control the ports of Sidra and Ras Lanouf. These are the two largest oil ports, with 50% of the export power of Libyan oil. This battle will decide the continuation of the war in Libya. The region... Read more

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    The refugee crisis: a huge business

    Milano, Italy Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    The refugee crisis in Italy it’s not longer an emergency, but it’s still considered in this way because it’s a huge business for many people, so it’s better for them to work without rules. A witness working in reception centres for asylum seekers told me everything he saw and what he experienced... Read more

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    Litmus test for Botswana to boycott Israel amid Bots-Palestine diplomatic ties

    Gaborone, South-East, Botswana Politics 31 Mar 2017

    Litmus test for Botswana to boycott Israel amid Bots-Palestine diplomatic ties By Calistus Bosaletswe The move to establish ties between Botswana and Palestine is viewed as a right move that pundits expect will see Botswana cutting ties with Israel for its atrocities meted on Palestinians.... Read more

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    The Men in My Life and Why Being an Escort Girl Has Put Me Off Relationships

    London, United Kingdom Social 31 Mar 2017

    Saucy confessions of a sex worker and how a life of fetishes and dark secrets has put her off marriage Story details: Kelly is a traveling, European and independent escort girl who's never more than a week in the same town. She's been living out of a suitcase that carries a pair of red... Read more

  • Brussels attacks: one year on

    Brussel, Belgium Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    This week, Brussels marks one year since terrorist attacks in the airport and metro killed 32 civilians and injured 300 people. How is Belgium marking the anniversary? Have the chronic problems in Belgian security and integration, so widely covered in the weeks after the attacks, gotten any... Read more

  • Passing of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness

    Londonderry, United Kingdom Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    I am based in Derry~Londonderry, home of the late Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein MLA and former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, who died this week after a short illness. Available to write or talk about the mood in the city, McGuinness' legacy. Read more

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    Venezuela: Humanitarian crisis in country with world's largest oil reserves

    Caracas, Venezuela Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Venezuela is going through an humanitarian crisis, the embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro admitted Friday, when the President took the unprecedented step of asking the United Nations for emergency help with medicines, on live television. The crisis in Venezuela is so vast, the... Read more

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    Hunted: Park Rangers Come Under Poachers' Fire in Congo Basin

    Yaoundé, Central, Cameroon Science & Environment 31 Mar 2017

    I would like to do a ground report for you on the rising attacks on park rangers in Cameroon and the Congo Basin. In 2011, a park ranger was “stripped naked, bludgeoned, tortured and tied to a tree” in the Lobeke National Park in eastern Cameroon. In December 2016, armed poachers opened fire on... Read more

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    New mobile tarrifs: An infringement on access to information by government

    Zimbabwe, Masvingo Politics 31 Mar 2017

    The government of Zimbabwe is accused of trying to stifle citizens’ right to communicate over the internet by increasing the cost of data making it inaccessible to ordinary citizens, who had become dependent on social media platforms for news. The government has since last year been struggling... Read more

  • Radio interview with former Mexican President Carlos Salinas

    Ciudad de México, Mexico Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas, the architect of Mexico`s membership of the North American Free Trade Agreement, discusses how shattering it would be for the entire region of the Americas, if the Trump Administration pulled out of the NAFTA, which they`ve threatened to do, unless it`s... Read more

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    How a Ukrainian soccer player became a political football in Spain

    Madrid, Spain Sports 31 Mar 2017

    Video PKG: Supporters of Rayo Vallecano F.C, a small club in the working class suburb of Madrid, have managed to abort the signing of Ukrainian player Roman Zozulya, a 28-year-old forward, over alleged neo-Nazi links. We speak with Ray's supporters who took part of the campaign agaist Zozulya and... Read more

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    Child sacrifice cases on an increase in Uganda

    Kampala, Uganda Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Despite Uganda government's efforts to curb down cases of human sacrifice in Uganda, cases of human sacrifice especially children are on an increase. According to the country's Anti-Human Sacrifice Taskforce cases of child, sacrifice has more than doubled since 2009. Some people have a belief that... Read more

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    British residents in Spain demand they keep EU residency rights post-Brexit

    Madrid, Spain Politics 31 Mar 2017

    Most British residents in Europe live in Spain, they have made their lives here, like millions of EU citizens in Britain, and are demanding to preserve full EU citizenship rights, whatever happens in Brexit talks. There is still time for these rights to be safeguarded before Article 50 is triggered.... Read more

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    The high life of Venezuelan exile in Madrid

    Madrid, Spain Politics 31 Mar 2017

    Hundreds of Venezuelans have left their country, which is in the middle of a deep political and economic crisis. But unlike other Latin American inmigration, some of Venezuelan exiles are living a high life in Spain. Venezuelans are said to have bought flats and buildings in the most expensive areas... Read more

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    Home for homosexual refugees

    Roma, Italy Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Amongst the tens of thousands of refugees that reach Italian shores every year (more than 180 thousand in in 2016) there also homosexuals, who don't feel safe in the refugee centers. In those centers they often find the same mentality and, sometimes even, violence as they faced in the country they... Read more

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    Basilicata is calling for refugees

    Roma, Italy Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    While the whole of Europe doesn't want refugees, the tiny southern Italian region Basilicata is actually calling for refugees to come. Two small mountain villages have asked the central government in Rome to send more refugees, with children, their way, as a means to keep schools and shops open and... Read more

  • Medugorje - Catholic pilgrimage tourism loss due to Pope

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Medjugorje is wel known catholic pilgrimage site in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina that attracts roughly million tourists per year. But Vatican never recognized it as a religious site and place of worship. Due to comments made by current Pope, number of tourists, especially Italians, has... Read more

  • There might be some pyramids in Bosnia

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Science & Environment 31 Mar 2017

    Dr. Sam Osmanagich, Bosnian-American scientist and adventurer, for a years now claims that near the city of Visoko, some 30 minutes from capital Sarajevo, there are Bosnian Pyramids, probably oldest in the world. Many deny it, many confirm it, but there is something at Visocica hill just above this... Read more

  • Arabs and Arab investments in Bosnia

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Business 31 Mar 2017

    In last two years there is sudden rise in number of visits of tourists from Gulf countries to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Not only that. They are buying more and more land, build luxurious hotels, gated communities, tourist centers, houses and villas. Despite the fact that Bosnian law does not allow... Read more

  • United college in divided city

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    In city of Mostar, known for its Old Bridge, there are still a lot of divisions made by local politicians. Croats and Bosniaks even if not physically divided, feel separated due to ethnic tensions and political interests. Best exampla are schools who teach different curriculum - one for Bosniak... Read more

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    Barcelona's anarchist neighbourhood. The aftermath of the 'expropriated bank'

    Barcelona, Spain Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Gracia's famously been Barcelona's most socially active neighborhood. Birthplace of the independentist' party "CUP", it hosted the 'expropriated bank', an occupied office that held cultural programs and was a longtime landmark of the district. However, the anarchist movement suffered a backlash when... Read more

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    Trump resistance groups continue to form across Europe

    Madrid, Spain Politics, Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    From Madrid to Warsaw, expatriates from the United States together with concerned Europeans organize to oppose the 45th American President thousands of kilometers from the White House. Learning lessons from the Tea Party and their actions against the government of Barrack Obama, these grassroots... Read more

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    Asylum seekers test the 'walls' of Spain's enclaves in Northern Africa

    Madrid, Spain Politics, Current Affairs 31 Mar 2017

    Completely surrounded by Moroccan territory, the enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta are the only two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa. Both territories have attracted, in the past years, both illegal immigrants and asylum seekers from African countries looking for an entry to the... Read more

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    Renewables providing a solution to Morocco’s energy headache

    Oxford, United Kingdom Science & Environment 01 Apr 2017

    For many African country’s the challenge is finding the necessary capital, expertise and technologies required to develop the power projects of the future that are needed to enable ongoing economic development. One solution, to this funding is inviting the private sector to become active... Read more

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    Oil man blues

    Oxford, United Kingdom Entertainment & Celebrity 01 Apr 2017

    Today, a modern energy worker is just as likely to be listening to country music ballads with singers singing such songs as Only So Much Oil In The Ground”, “Roughest Neck Around”, “The Energy Blues” etc., as going to the concert hall or opera in a facilities sponsored by the energy business. This... Read more

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    Robots are taking over oil rigs

    Oxford, United Kingdom Technology 01 Apr 2017

    Much is being talked about that the return to higher energy prices, will mean jobs will return in the industry. The crash in oil prices saw a loss of more than 440,000 jobs. However, the lesson that the oil industry has learnt is that it needs to cut costs. One way to do this is to automate, this... Read more

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    Fuel for thought – catch a falling star

    Oxford, United Kingdom Science & Environment 01 Apr 2017

    Could space based water be the answer to space craft fuel problems? At present, every ounce of fuel needed to operate a spacecraft has to be lifted up from the earth. This is a very costly exercise. Now the space industry is looking for new sources of fuel in outer space. Around our solar system,... Read more

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    Where there is muck there is money!

    Oxford, United Kingdom Science & Environment 01 Apr 2017

    Today, recycling is big business, for instance, countries like Britain and Sweden trade in it. For instance plastic waste containing (laundry detergent, shampoo bottles) could earn a processor a profit of $250 per ton, and with aluminum some $1,325 per ton in profit. The fact is Sweden is so good... Read more

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    US women and investing

    Milano, Italy Business 01 Apr 2017

    The article is based on a Morningstar research. It makes some important points: - women earn less but live more and are more used to support other family members also from a financial standpoint - women and men invest in a different way - gender bias in finance jobs: women are underrepresented in... Read more

  • Armenian elections: A big refurbishment of the system for little political change

    Yerevan, Armenia Current Affairs 02 Apr 2017

    This year elections in Armenia, to be held on 2 April, will signify a profound change in the political system of the small Caucasian Republic. It is the first voting after the Constitutional change that will transform the country from a presidential system to a parliamentary system. At the same... Read more

  • The Public Enemy of Central Europeans Illiberals: A Journalist

    Warszawa, Poland Current Affairs 02 Apr 2017

    Illiberal leaders in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have long showed a similar distrust to independent media and journalists. Slovakia’s PM called them “anti-Slovak prostitutes”, while largest opposition newspapers in Hungary were shut and then taken over by pro-governmental oligarchs. In Poland, the... Read more

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    Western Europeans rekindling a dying Hungarian village

    Budapest, Hungary Current Affairs 03 Apr 2017

    A small Hungarian village is pumped with life by a Belgian couple and other Western Europeans and even American families who bought properties in the village. They moved to the Hungarian countryside to enjoy its calmness, but they also work together with the mostly senior locals to improve the... Read more

  • Polish Humanitarian Workers in Syria

    Warszawa, Poland Current Affairs 03 Apr 2017

    While Poland as a country is barely present in Syrian crisis, refusing to take a single refugee and offering very limited aid for Syria, Polish humanitarian workers have been involved in helping the Syrians from the very beginning. I would talk to representatives of two most important Polish... Read more

  • Economic crisis and destabilisation in Jordan

    London, United Kingdom Current Affairs 05 Apr 2017

    Back to the Arab Spring? Jordan, a country considered to be an oasis of stability in the Middle East, is facing increasing public protests in rural areas. This is due to the imposed taxes on goods by the government aiming to reduce the huge debt (equivalent to %94 of GDP), in accordance with an... Read more

  • Ending the flood menace in Kenya, Africa

    Nairobi, Kenya Science & Environment, Natural Disasters 07 Apr 2017

    April is the wet season when Kenya gets most of its rain due to the regional hydro-logical cycle, heavily influenced by the Indian Ocean. April also acts as the planting season when farmers produce most of the food consumed in the region. However, the ‘long rains’ as most observers call it is also... Read more

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    Constitutional Referendum 16 April 2017

    Istanbul, Provincia di Istanbul, Turchia Politics 16 Apr 2017

    Covering the campaign and the day of the important referendum. Read more

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    Ice Cream Made of Fish

    London, United Kingdom Cultural 24 Apr 2017

    When photographer Werner Forman visited an Inuit woman, who was an expert shoe-maker, she entertained him with ice-cream. Yummy, you might think - but it was made out of fish! Even normally intrepid Werner couldn't stomach it...article accompanied with images from Werner Forman Archive. Read more

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    Out of Propane Gas? Try the Air!

    Gaza Current Affairs 30 Apr 2017

    Summary For a decade, fuel crisis has been hitting the residents of the Strip every winter. Recently, Mohamad has invented a burner device with a new innovation. The technique does not depend on propane gas. Instead, it burns a stream of air after saturating it with gasoline. Using the new... Read more

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    THE FIRST AND ONLY STREET WORKOUT TEAM IN PALESTINE

    Gaza Sports 30 Apr 2017

    Summery: In the poor Gaza Strip, talents can hardly find sponsorship. Few years ago, some friends decided to master street workout. With self-help, enthusiasm, dedication, and indoor and outdoor exercises, they became brilliant in it. They have voluntarily launched shows in public parks,... Read more

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    Profile on Armenian Catholic Mkhitarian/Mechitariste Congregation

    Vienna, Austria Arts & Books 30 Apr 2017

    One manifestation of the Armenian presence in Europe is the Armenian Catholic Mkhitarian or Mechitariste Congregation, based in Venice and Vienna. Originally founded in 1700 by a reformist cleric from Constantinople (Istanbul), the group moved through various locations following regional wars before... Read more

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    Ancient Mexican festival sees cross-dressing, bare-knuckle, boxing.

    Guerrero State, Mexico Cultural 01 May 2017

    The legend goes that every year the Aztecs would sent an army south into the high sierras of Guerrero State, and take away the local tribes' best young women for themselves. Until one year, when the most hardened Guerrerense warriors dressed in women's clothing, and passed themselves off as the... Read more

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    Ancient Mexican festival sees cross-dressing, bare-knuckle, boxing.

    Guerrero State, Mexico Cultural 01 May 2017

    The legend goes that every year the Aztecs would sent an army south into the high sierras of Guerrero State, and take away the local tribes' best young women for themselves. Until one year, when the most hardened Guerrerense warriors dressed in women's clothing, and passed themselves off as the... Read more

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    Cross-dressing, bare-knuckle boxing in Mexican festival

    Guerrero, Mexico Cultural 01 May 2017

    Alasdair Baverstock here, I used to do travel features of you out of Venezuela (chocolate, rodeo). I’m now in Mexico, and have come across a good story that would be ideal for another 'Postcard from…’ feature for your section: The legend goes that every year the Aztecs would sent an army south... Read more

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    Impoverished Mexican families earn money by selling daughters

    Ciudad de México, Mexico Current Affairs 01 May 2017

    In the high sierras of southern Mexico, where farmers subsist on the cultivation of opium, money is so scarce that an easy way to make $3,000 is for a father to sell a daughter to any foreigner passing through the region. Pimps and human traffickers scour the mountains for just such deals, taking... Read more

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    Gaza Fishery: From the Sea to the Pool

    Gaza Science & Environment 01 May 2017

    Summary Since 2015, Israeli has prohibited Gazan fishermen to sail beyond 6 nautical miles from Gaza coast. Gazan fishermen became unable to catch quantities sufficient or satisfying to the population of the coastal Strip as big sized fishes cannot be found within the allowed fishing zone. Thus,... Read more

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    Europe's next epidemic will come from Romania

    București, Romania Current Affairs 12 May 2017

    Romania is facing an alarming measles outbreak. In the last 5 months more than 2700 cases have been confirmed. 16 children and youngsters lost their lives. According to the latest data published by The Lancet Romania has the most worrying decrease of vaccination rates in the European Union. Faced... Read more

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