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  • Ghana's untold migrant crisis

    Accra, Ghana Politics, Current Affairs 30 Apr 2017

    An irregular migrant crisis is gripping Ghana. Ghanaians are increasingly among the ranks of the tens of thousands of migrants flooding European shores, even as deaths in the Mediterranean (and arrivals in Italy) reach record levels. Yet unlike migrants from war zones in Iraq, Syria, or... Read more

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    French elections

    Paris, France Current Affairs 30 Apr 2017

    Hello everyone, Bilingual journalist since 2004, working in Europe, America and Africa, I'm reporting in Paris, my hometown, on this election day and talked to very many people who have not been able to vote by proxy... It's becoming a serious problem. France has a system that allow voters about... Read more

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    Nigeria Towns were Emigration is Ambition of all.

    Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria Investigative Reporting 30 Apr 2017

    Uromi and Ekaidolor are among several villages in Edo state southern region of Nigeria that every family aspires to send their sons/daughter on an extremely dangerous journey through the Sahara Desert to the sea in the Libya or Morocco just to get to Italy or Europe. This people leave in abject... Read more

  • The Brazilian tourist attraction built by extinct sloths

    Porto Alegre, Brazil Science & Environment, Cultural 30 Apr 2017

    There's a cave in the Brazilian city of Santa Cruz do Sul that scientists recently realized was originally dug as a massive burrow, probably by an extinct species of giant ground sloth. The cave is the centerpiece of a city park that's rather inaccurately called "Gruta dos Índios" (Indian Cave), and... 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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    Increase in number of unaccompanied South Sudan Refugee childrenin Ugandan camps

    Kampala, Uganda Social 01 May 2017

    Ugandan authorities and refugee aid agencies are expressing concern on the increase on the number of unaccompanied minors received at the reception centres for South Sudan refugees daily. They say this has made it difficult for the authorities to trace the origins of the children and that it is... Read more

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    Uganda government and UNHCR in joint refugee aid appeal

    Kampala, Uganda Current Affairs, Social 01 May 2017

    Following the influx of South Sudan Refugees in Uganda, the Uganda government and UN refugee body UNHCR have launched a joint appeal for the international community to provide some funding towards the relief efforts. UNHCR says more than USD 250 million is needed to support South Sudanese refugees... Read more

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    Pitch: A year on: Political instability and slow bureaucracy mark Earthquake’s first anniversary.

    Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Current Affairs 01 May 2017

    Ecuador’s elected president, Lenin Moreno has not even taken office and faces street protests. His campaign trail, strongly focused on welfare programs had Manabí and Esmeraldas, provinces hardest hit by the 7.8 Earthquake, as a high priority. Manabí, the largest province in the country is a key... Read more

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    Irish PM to visit Canada

    Ottawa, Canada Politics 06 May 2017

    Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny will visit Canada from May 3 to 5, and will meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal on May 4. If coverage is needed, please contact me by email at christopher.guly@gmail.com or by phone at 001-613-256-9595. Read more

  • The Holy Cow business heats up in India

    New Delhi, India Current Affairs 06 May 2017

    The cow story in India is becoming very interesting in India where the animal is sacred to Hindus. Now, the Indian government has decided to tag all cows in the country, almost like giving them a passport of sorts with an electronic ID number so that they could be tracked and not smuggled across... Read more

  • The Bridge School Revolution

    Kisumu, Kenya Current Affairs 07 May 2017

    Bridge Schools International is the first large scale commercial, basic education enterprise to target low income earners in Africa. An American couple who are former volunteer teachers in China designed the business model and with seed capital from some renown investors like Bill Gates, set out to... Read more

  • LGBT life in Kenya

    Kisumu, Kenya Social 07 May 2017

    LGBT members of society in Kenya live under a heavy cloud of stigma and lack legal protection or recognition. Sections of the penal code actually criminalize LGBT relationships, leaving such individuals at the mercy of law enforcers. With the passage of a new constitution in 2010 and Kenya’s... Read more

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    VR Trains Actors in PTSD

    London, United Kingdom Technology, Film & Theatre 10 May 2017

    The National Theatre’s Ugly Lies the Bone is a new play about soldiers with PTSD. Paired with the performance is a VR installation that has real world applications for pain reduction and phobia management. Actors in the play have used the VR to better understand the characters that they're playing. 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

  • Building a country from ground up

    Bangui, Central African Republic Politics, Current Affairs, Health & Fitness 16 May 2017

    The Central African Republic is struggling to rebuild after an interreligious conflict in 2013-2014 that left thousands dead. About half the country's population is displaced. Basic services are still very limited. For example, only 30 per cent of Central Africans have access to clean water and even... Read more

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    Demonstrations against asylum case processing in Helsinki

    Helsingfors, Finland Politics, Current Affairs 20 May 2017

    As Europe continues to experience an influx of refugees from war-torn and other countries, Finland's asylum seeker application numbers are sinking after seeing the highest figures of all the Nordic Countries. A government official explains that peaceful demonstrations between locally-supported... Read more

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    Gaza blind karate player dreams big

    Gaza Sports 31 May 2017

    Summary For the first time in Palestine, a blind teenager girl in a group of normal youths does karate. As she succeeds in challenging her blindness, her concerned club is hoping to help the girl reach Arab and international levels. Characters Menatu Allah, 13 years old, is a blind hijab girl.... 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 May 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

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    My Life as a WIndow Prostitute in Amsterdam

    London, United Kingdom Social 31 May 2017

    R. has spent 19 years working as a window prostitute and recently retired. In this article, she bares it all... speaking about marriage to an economist, her son, falling in love with clients, buying houses and cars for religious her family members and even being arrested ... Read more

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    My Life as a Window Prostitute in Amsterdam

    London, United Kingdom Social 31 May 2017

    R. has spent 19 years working as a window prostitute and recently retired. In this article, she'll bare it all. She's married to an economist, who never stopped her from doing her work, and has a grown up son. Read more

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    Painting with the Dead

    London, United Kingdom Paranormal 31 May 2017

    Former Brazilian police commissioner channels several historical painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Kandinski and so on. His paintings are very much alike the ones painted by the old masters and they are created in a matter of minutes. He can paint with both hands at the same time, but also... Read more

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    Old Parish Dark Secrets

    London, United Kingdom Paranormal 31 May 2017

    It was evening when I was back in my hotel room after a great day touring stunning, Slovenia. I noticed a picture hung on the wall. It was of the church just outside. ... Did this priest die in this room? Was his spirit still here? My curiosity was bigger than my fear and I decided to find... Read more

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    Brazilian Singer Gains Extra Lbs to Qualify for Gastric Bypass Surgery

    London, United Kingdom Social 31 May 2017

    Fernanda has a powerful voice and is a professional singer. But a few years ago, she realised she'd not get much work unless she dropped a few pounds. However, losing weight had proved a difficult thing to do. And although she was obese, she didn't quite qualify for the weight reduction surgery... Read more

  • Ireland and Brexit

    Ireland Current Affairs 31 May 2017

    Ireland is on the far west of Europe and traditionally the UK is its biggest trading partner. Now after centuries of uncomplicated trading with the UK, the country has to redefine its relationship with its neighbor. Ireland is staying in the EU, the UK is leaving and this will lead to many changes.... Read more

  • Who is behind Tunisia jihadi recruiting cells

    Tunisia Politics, Current Affairs, War Reporter, Investigative Reporting, Risk Analysis, Social 31 May 2017

    30-mn documentary Hypothesis Tunisian Political parties and NGOs are accused of inciting and helping young Tunisians join hardline and armed groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya since 2011. - When and how did it happen? - Who organized / who financed: radical imams, politicians, organisations,... Read more

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